Two unpaid fines dating back to 2006 landed Mark Cortez Bailey of 3rd Avenue, Spring Garden, St Michael at Dodds today, when he appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick on charges of obstructing and resisting police.
The 43-year-old Bailey had denied committing the two offences against Police Constable Christopher Rouse on January 9 in the execution of his duties at Tudor Bridge and the Black Rock Police Station when it was revealed that he had yet to settle two fines of $350 each imposed in July 2006 by former magistrate, Pamela Beckles.
“First time I hearing that I have unpaid fines,” Bailey said before Frederick explained that both fines, which carried four and six-month prison sentences, were also for offences against members of the Royal Barbados Police Force.
“I can’t recall that, Sir. I can’t pay what I don’t know. I ain’t get served,” Bailey protested.
However, the magistrate stated that the fines were imposed in court in his presence and no one had to serve Bailey in order for him to make the payments.
When asked if the $700 would be paid today, Bailey’s prospective surety informed the court that she could settle the amount within two days, and as such the accused was remanded until January 12.