Details have emerged in court on the prohibited food items that a 47-year-old prison officer was allegedly attempting to bring into HMP Dodds when he ran afoul of the regulations.
Melvin McDonald Goodman, of Bathsheba, St Joseph and Todds Land, St George, reportedly took three bottles of Ensure, a tube of toothpaste, a pack of ping pongs, two packs of plantain chips, a pack of teatime biscuits, two packs of granola bars, a pack of Shirley biscuits, a pack of chocolate chip biscuits, two packs of peanuts, and mixed nuts into the penal institution on December 16 with the intention of giving them to an inmate.
However, he pleaded not guilty to the offence when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch today in the District ‘C’ Magistrates’ Court and was released on $500 bail.
There was no objection to bail from Station Sergeant Peter Barrow, but Goodman’s attorney Shamar Bovell described the charge brought against his client as “vexatious and frivolous”.
The attorney also said he found it “troubling” that in within the space of just over a year he was representing another officer of the prison.
“I wonder if the internal procedures are broken so much at that institution that they are bringing their officers to court to be ridiculed for items costing less than $30. I find it vexatious and frivolous. This charge [maligns my] client’s character Sir,” the lawyer said.
The Chief Magistrate then informed the accused man that given the circumstances, he would be “interdicted” by both the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of the Civil Service.
Goodman returns to court on February 26.