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Scatliffe punished for breaching protection order


Clifton Scatliffe yesterday received a stern warning while being fined the maximum $5,000 for breaching a protection order for him to stay away from his sister.

He pledged to pay $1,000 of the total fine upfront, and was ordered to pay the reminder by March 9.

If he doesn’t fulfill his obligation, he will spend six more months at Her Majesty’s Prison.

When the 53-year-old appeared in court last month, Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards had ordered that he be remanded in custody.

After she handed down the sentence yesterday, she gave the offender a stern warning.

“If you stupid enough, come back [before the court]. If you have sense, don’t come back,” the senior magistrate told him.

The court previously heard that, on the day Scatliffe breached the protection order, he visited his sibling’s residence and made ‘very serious threats’ against her.

The alleged threats were not repeated in open court.

Scatliffe’s attorney Ruthilia Maximea, during an earlier court appearance, said her client breached the protection order because he wanted to feed his animals.

High Court judge Vickie Ann Ellis reportedly issued the protection order in November last year.

Scatliffe was ordered to – among other things – not visit his sister’s Fahie Hill residence under any circumstance.

However, he went there on the night of January 19 and reportedly harassed his sibling.

The matter was reported to the police who met Scatliffe at his sister’s residence, where he also lived.

When the police cautioned him, the offender reportedly said: “But the court ain’t give me enough time to move.”

It was however noted that Scatliffe was ordered to vacate the premises by November 20 last year – two months before he was seen there.

Additionally, police were supposed to accompany him to the residence when he was relocating before November 20, 2016.

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