A 37-year-old PSV conductor, who said he had a knife in his possession for his protection because he was previously attacked by some school children, has been warned to be on his best behaviour for the next six months.
Leary Leon Gittens admitted before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant to having the offensive weapon, which was adapted for use to cause injury to another person, in his pants pocket while on Tudor Street, The City.
The Cemetery Lane, Road View, St Peter resident was on the job just after eight o’clock this morning when he was asked by police to account for the silver handle knife.
“I got that for my protection. It’s only a pen knife cause some children attacked me last year [and] I ain’t taking no chances,” he told the officers at the time.
Later as he appeared before the magistrate, Gittens stuck to his story but said he did not know it was against the law to walk with a knife, while pointing out that it was “only three inches” long.
“I was working and get attacked by four boys and I brought it in case I have to protect myself. I have children and I have to protect myself,” he insisted.
It was then that Cuffy-Sargeant asked Gittens whether he had seen what had happened recently in the cases of young boys who had weapons in order to protect themselves.
“You never know what you will come up against,” the magistrate pointed out.
However, Gittens was adamant that he did not have any criminal intentions.
“I didn’t leave home with the intention to stab anyone. I just doing what I doing until I get something else. It was not my intention to break any law,” Gittens said even as he questioned whether it was against the law to protect one’s self.
Cuffy-Sargeant replied saying it was not, but told the accused it was a crime to carry around an offensive weapon in a public place for protection, especially “when you do not know what you will come up against”.
The magistrate then imposed the bond on Gittens.
If he breaches the order, the sum of $750 becomes payable forthwith or he will have to spend two months in jail.