A St Michael man has three months in which to pay the High Court $1,500.
If Nickosie Eldon Kyte, of Lower Mapp Hill, fails to pay the fine imposed on him today by Madam Justice Pamela Beckles he will have to spend a year at HMP Dodds.
The sentence was handed down in the No. 5 Supreme Court after Kyte apologized for having one round of ammunition, which could fit a 12-gauge shotgun, while walking through Queen’s Park, on May 23, 2012.
“I am very sorry to be standing here before you and ask for your leniency,” Kyte, who pleaded guilty to the offence last week, said.
His attorney Angella Mictchell-Gittens in mitigating on his behalf told the judge that her client had taken full responsibility for his actions and had never been charged before this incident. She also submitted that he was gainfully employed and that his 85 days spent on remand should be considered as “sufficient sanction” for the offence.
Mitchell-Gittens also made an application for Kyte’s criminal record to be kept clean.
However, the Acting Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Anthony Blackman disagreed.
“One round of ammunition could have been very destructive if it had gotten into the wrong hands. I would hope that a conviction is recorded so that he would understand what he did and that these courts have to be consistent in light of the recent climate we are experiencing with all these guns and ammunition,” Blackman said.
Justice Beckles agreed and imposed the fine, with the 85 days spent on remand considered as time served.
“Don’t come back!” she warned Kyte as he exited the court.