A Horse Path man was slapped with a $1,000 fine on Tuesday for continuously disrupting the Magistrate’s Court.
Rashawn Williams is facing up to four months at Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut if he fails to pay the fine.
Williams, who is on remand at the adult penitentiary, began disrupting the court on Tuesday after learning that his court hearing had been pushed to a later date.
He was scheduled to appear before Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards for several traffic-related offences and for alleged possession of a controlled drug.
However, after spending hours in the court’s holding area, he began making outbursts that permeated throughout the courtroom.
After being continuously told to cease and desist, he was brought before Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste-DaBreo.
“I have been trying to ignore you for the past five minutes, but you are not stopping. You are disturbing my court,” the magistrate told Williams.
She then explained to him that Senior Magistrate Richards was unable to attend court; hence the adjournment of his matter.
I pleaded guilty months ago
Williams, however, argued that he had already pleaded guilty to the offences for which he was initially arraigned.
He said he pleaded guilty more than three months ago and just wanted to be sentenced instead of ‘going back and forth’ only to have his matter continuously adjourned.
The seemingly frustrated man later had to be subdued by two police officers and transported back to Her Majesty’s Prison.
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