Duncan Street apartment "squatter" goes to court
..."I had no where else to go"
JENSEN LAVENDE firstname.lastname@example.org
A Duncan Street man was today fined a maximum of $200 after he pleaded guilty to occupying a Housing Development Corporation apartment that did not belong to him.
According to the facts read out by Sgt Anderson Gonzales, Calvin Marshall, was found sleeping on a mattress on the floor of building 62 to 64 Apartment C around 6.45 am on August 18.
Marshall was one of 89 people arrested that day during a police exercise in the area and one of 26 charged with an offence. The others were released without charge.
Sgt Gonzales said that when asked, Marshall said he had no permission to be there. He was then arrested and taken to Besson Street where officers contacted the HDC. Officials there said the apartment had been vacant since 22 March and has not been reassigned to anyone.
Asked why he was occupying the place by Magistrate Cheron Raphael, Marshall said he had no where else to go. He was fined $200 and given two weeks to pay or spend 30 days in jail with hard labour.
"Try not to go into places that don't belong to you. Next time you would go to jail okay" Raphael told Marshall.