Jamaica Crime News, St James: Alleged Human Trafficker Fined – A St. James man was fined J$30,000 in the St. James Parish Court Wednesday morning after the police found a 9mm cartridge at his house.
Keron Watson, of a Flanker address, had previously pleaded guilty to illegal possession of ammunition. He was also charged with malicious destruction of property.
Allegations are that in April 2017, the police carried out a raid at Watson’s house following allegations that he had participated in human trafficking by compelling an 18-year-old girl to have sex with various men for money. The 9mm cartridge and several electronic devices were seized in the raid, which resulted in Watson’s arrest and charges being brought against him.
Regarding the malicious destruction charge, it is alleged that on May 20, 2017, the accused man destroyed another person’s clothes and food items.
During Wednesday’s court proceedings, Watson’s lawyer Henry McCurdy told presiding judge Sandria Wong-Small that the defendant entered an early guilty plea on the ammunition charge.
“My instructions are that the bullet was found in a room, and he (Watson) pleaded guilty very early, which shows some amount of remorse. I ask that he not be sent to prison for this and that a fine or suspended sentence be given, as he has learned his lesson,” said McCurdy.
In passing sentence, the judge asked Watson to pay J$30,000 or spend three months in prison for the ammunition charge. The prosecution also made a no-evidence motion for the malicious destruction of property charge.
In relation to the human trafficking charge, which is currently pending in the St James Circuit Court, the accused man had breached his curfew order and was re-arrested, but the judge reinstated his bail following an application from McCurdy.
That matter will be mentioned in the Circuit Court on September 23.