Political hopeful Herman Oral Lowe today informed a local magistrate that he had one week left to serve at HMP Dodds for contempt of court.
Lowe, a candidate contesting the upcoming general election on a United Progressive Party (UPP) ticket for the St Michael West Central seat, was remanded to Dodds for defying a court order to pay an outstanding debt.
Following his arrest the party issued a brief statement in which it explained that the issue surrounded a divorce settlement “several years ago”.
“The United Progressive Party has been advised by Mr Herman Lowe that a court order was enforced against him on March 28th, 2018. The order arose out of mortgage payments due after a property settlement in divorce proceedings several years ago,” the statement said.
Lowe today appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court where he has two matters pending.
“I was arrested for contempt of court. I will be out in one week, Sir,” Lowe said as he informed the magistrate that he had been unable to obtain certain papers needed for his case as a result of his incarceration.
The customs broker and farmer, of Jackson Main Road, St Michael is charged with damaging a meter ball valve belonging to the state without lawful excuse sometime between April 17, 2009 and March 21, 2012. He is also accused of dishonestly using a quantity of water without due authority during the same time. He has pleaded not guilty to these charges and had been on $2,500 bail before last week’s arrest.
Lowe returns to court on April 26 on those matters.