Two St Peter men who failed to pay the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court a combined $4,000 fine were granted a temporary reprieve when they appeared before Acting Magistrate Sandra Rawlins today.
Forty-year-old Thomas Eddison Alexander and 23-year-old Davion Renaldo Davidson Layne, both of 3rd Avenue, Rock Dundo, were given today’s deadline to pay the money after pleading guilty to several drug charges in August.
However the two, a sales agent and a pool technician, told the acting magistrate they had not paid any of the total.
“You all haven’t showed any good faith. You haven’t met us half way, so why should I extend the deadline?” the acting magistrate asked them.
Alexander responded that he had a number of back-to-school obligations and was simply not able to meet the court’s deadline, while Layne explained that he had only returned to work this week after being injured.
“All those so called hard luck stories, when there are others who are in a worse situation and did not sell drugs or anything so . . . .
I feel that you all are trying to work the system,” the acting magistrate said, even as she told Layne he would have to produce a medical certificate.
“I didn’t go to no doctor, I cleaned it on my own. If I raise my pants legs you will see it,” Layne said.
In the end Rawlins granted them a two-week extension, but they will have to pay the money in full.
If Alexander and Layne fail to do so, they will each spend one month behind bars.