A 30-year-old vendor has been barred from selling items in public places.
Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant issued the order on Makonen Amani Grant, of Kings Village, Holders Hill, St James, today after he pleaded guilty to offering juices for sale on Swan Street without the necessary permit.
Police approached Grant yesterday on the popular City street and asked him to produce his permit.
“I getting something sort out,” he allegedly told the officer at the time. When asked to give his name and address, Grant refused to comply.
He also refused to leave the location when he was asked by the officer to do so.
“You could just call for back up because I ain’t moving from here,” he reportedly said in response to those orders.
In the docks of the No.2 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today Grant, who is known to the law courts, explained that he had applied for a permit, which he has been waiting on for the past three years. He was also adamant that he did not blatantly disobey the policeman’s directive to leave the location.
“I told him I have three coolers and I have to get help. So I told him if he need me to leave he will have to call for back up. It’s not like I was doing something fully illegal,” Grant explained, adding that he still had to look for money, as he had to pay child maintenance.
Cuffy-Sargeant reserved her decision in the matter but ordered Grant to present the court with his permit by January 31 when he will also know his fate.