Man caught while banned from driving now in jail

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 13:00

Rodell Solomon’s ex­cuse that he was ply­ing his car for hire to pay his chil­dren’s school tu­ition did not save him from prison yes­ter­day.

Solomon, 36, who was caught dri­ving while per­ma­nent­ly dis­qual­i­fied, was sen­tenced to six months in jail.

Last Sep­tem­ber, his dri­ver’s per­mit was per­ma­nent­ly for­feit­ed af­ter he record­ed his third con­vic­tion for drunk dri­ving, as well as dri­ving while dis­qual­i­fied and dri­ving with­out in­sur­ance.

He was fined $20,000 or in de­fault three years hard labour. Solomon is still ow­ing the court $17,500 and the pay­ment dead­line is Fri­day.

He was ar­rest­ed around 6.17 am yes­ter­day af­ter PC Shi­va Roopc­hand, the po­lice of­fi­cer who charged him last year, saw him dri­ving in Ste Madeleine.

Court pros­e­cu­tor Sgt Mor­gan told San Fer­nan­do Traf­fic Court Mag­is­trate Na­tal­ie Diop that Solomon was stopped by the po­lice while dri­ving a blue coloured wag­on along Na­pari­ma Ma­yaro Road, Corinth.

Roopc­hand charged him with two of­fences, dri­ving while dis­qual­i­fied and dri­ving with­out in­sur­ance. Solomon did not have an at­tor­ney. He told the mag­is­trate that he has two chil­dren, an 11-year-old daugh­ter who re­cent­ly wrote SEA and a four- year-old son.

He said he some­times work as a labour­er, but he was do­ing hire jobs to make up mon­ey to pay for his chil­drens’ school tu­ition.

The mag­is­trate sen­tenced him to six months in jail on each charge, to run con­cur­rent­ly.

In the same court, Nafeez Hanif, 27, an out­pa­tient of the Psy­chi­atric Ward at the San Fer­nan­do Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal, plead­ed guilty to drunk dri­ving, dri­ving while dis­qual­i­fied and with­out in­sur­ance.

Hanif was per­ma­nent­ly dis­qual­i­fied from hold­ing a dri­ver’s per­mit in Feb­ru­ary af­ter he chalked up his third of­fence for dri­ving un­der the in­flu­ence. The court heard that Hanif was dri­ving in Ghan­di Vil­lage, Debe, around 11 pm on Mon­day when he saw a po­lice ve­hi­cle and sped off.

The of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing PC Roopc­hand, gave chase and even­tu­al­ly in­ter­cept­ed the ve­hi­cle.

Roopc­hand recog­nised Hanif and re­called that he was dis­qual­i­fied ear­li­er this year.

Hanif sub­se­quent­ly failed the breathal­yser test with a read­ing of 72 mi­cro­grammes.

The le­gal lim­it is 35 mi­cro­grammes. Hanif’s at­tor­ney re­quest­ed that he be sent for an eval­u­a­tion at the St Ann’s Psy­chi­atric Hos­pi­tal.

The mag­is­trate re­mand­ed him to the hos­pi­tal un­til June 4.

Reporter: Sascha Wilson