A Diamond man who refused to pay the EC$1 bus fare from Diamond to Georgetown was fined EC$300.
Magistrate Bertie Pompey ordered Jevon Williams, 28, to pay the fine at a recent hearing at Colonarie Magistrate’s Court, sitting at Georgetown.
He was brought before the court on three charges, the others being indecent language and damaging a rearview mirror, value EC$150, the property of Keith Matthews of Park Hill.
However, the prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police John Ballah, told the court that the Crown was not proceeding with those charges.
All three incidents allegedly occurred on Oct. 7.
The facts presented to the court are that on Oct. 7, the virtual complainant, Keith Matthews, drove H5479, a minivan, from Kingstown to Georgetown.
Williams boarded the vehicle in Diamond and disembarked at Mt Bentick, Georgetown.
However, when the conductor asked for the fare, Williams replied, “Boy, is a ride I beg for.”
Matthews exited the vehicle and asked for the fare but Williams refused to pay.
Asked by the magistrate if he had something to say, Williams told the court: “I didn’t have any money.”
Pompey fined the man EC$300, ordering him to pay EC$150 forthwith or 2 months imprisonment, and the remainder in two weeks or two months’ imprisonment.
Junior Nero, an officer attached to the Georgetown Police Station, told the court:
“There are too many times people are entering and exiting vans without paying”.
The road and traffic regulation states that passengers can be prosecuted for this, Nero said, adding that persons have been so prosecuted across the country.