Man sentenced for trespassing at UWI

February 26, 2016

An accused man's excuse of visiting the fastest man on earth, Usain Bolt, as his reason for trespassing was not enough for charges to be dropped when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate Court on Tuesday.

Neko James, who appeared with co-accused, Orlando Brown, pleaded guilty to trespassing on the grounds of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona.

According to James, he was on his way to Bolt's training ground at the UWI Bowl when he was accosted by campus police.

"Bolt promised to help me with money for a passport, so I was going to collect it," explained the accused.

He also claimed that the triple Olympic champion had assisted him financially on previous occasions.

Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey was not moved by the accused's claim.

"You breached UWI's laws, so Mr. Bolt's name can't help you here," she said.

James and Brown were fined $5,000 each or 30 days behind bars.

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