He was reportedly walking along Broad Street, The City, on Tuesday when he was stopped by a policeman and ordered to remove his illegal camouflage hat.
However, as soon as 24-year-old Jalani Lewis, of Woodbourne, St Patrick, Christ Church, lost sight of the lawman, he immediately donned his cap again.
But as fate would have it, he would meet up with the same officer again on a different street in Bridgetown.
“I buy that hat with my own money. Wunna always bullying people,” Lewis allegedly told the officer before he was detained and taken to a police station where a search of his backpack also revealed that he was in possession of 9.96 grammes on cannabis.
When the matter came up for hearing today before Magistrate Douglas Frederick, Lewis pleaded guilty to having the camouflage hat, as well as $50 worth of cannabis in his possession on December 12.
However, his attorney, Mohia Ma’at, described the facts outlined by the prosecution as “a set of nonsense”, while attempting to cast doubt over the police report that his client “took [the hat] off and put it back on and police find drugs”.
“This one really puzzles me,” the defence attorney said, while arguing that “if you have drugs in your pocket, you avoid the police at all costs”.
He therefore appealed to Frederick to be lenient with his client and to allow him to get into a drug rehabilitation programme.
Lewis’ mother, who he was previously accused of assaulting, was also present in court today.
“I have forgiven him . . . he is a good child, [but] I did not know he uses drugs. [In fact] I feel . . . it was not his drugs,” she told the magistrate, which prompted Frederick to ask the young man directly whether the illegal substance was indeed his.
“Yes Sir . . . I use it on weekends . . . . It relaxes me, . . . [but] I don’t smoke at home,” Lewis explained.
However, the magistrate pointed out to Lewis that while he had purchased the hat with his money, wearing camouflage was illegal in Barbados.
The court is to issue a ruling in the matter on Monday.