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The seller was fined $5,000 for exposing goods in a restricted area while carrying a ratchet knife

The seller was fined $5,000 for exposing goods in a restricted area while carrying a ratchet knife


May 1, 2024





KINGSTON, Jamaica – A salesman was fined a total of $5,000 or three months in jail after pleading guilty to the offenses of possessing an offensive weapon and offering goods for sale.

Ian Reid, the seller in question, was charged after police allegedly observed him while his goods were openly displayed near the Half-Way Tree Transport Center in St. Andrew, an area where sales are prohibited.

Although Reid admitted that he had his goods in the area, he made it clear to the court that he was not actively selling at the time.

“I wasn’t selling, I was packing my goods. I wasn’t selling, see no one is buying anything? I was not selling your honor,” Reid told presiding judge Carlo Mason in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

Despite Reid’s clarification, the investigating officer presented a photo showing Reid with his goods, prompting the judge to confirm that the charge related to the exposure of goods and not the actual sale.

Reid was also reportedly found in possession of a ratchet knife, which he admitted to.

Judge Mason imposed a fine of $1,000 for the guilty plea to offering goods for sale and a fine of $4,000 for possession of the offensive weapon.

-Vanessa James






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