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November 29, 2012
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Charges against accused dropped

A man who was hauled before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Wednesday for failing to leave the Norman Manley International Airport after the police had told him to, was admonished and discharged because he did not have enough money for his bus fare and to pay the fine.

The accused Michael Smith, who was formally charged with failing to leave the airport when told to do so, pleaded guilty with explanation. He told Resident Magistrate (RM) Simone Maddix that he had gone to look for a friend at the airport.

After being told by his friend that he could not speak to him at the moment, Smith went in search of money to add to his bus fare as he only had $30 in his possession. Smith told RM Maddix that it was because he had been begging two persons that he was brought to court by the police.

Laughter later erupted in the court when the RM quizzed him about how much money he had on him. The RM told the man that she doubted he could pay the fine but gave him a stern warning not to return to the airport unless he had business to conduct. He was later discharged.

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