‘Litterbug’ jailed for a week
A litterbug was yesterday sentenced to seven days in prison by Magistrate Faith McGusty since he was unable to pay the $10,000 fine attached to littering.
According to Royston King, Public Relations Officer of the Mayor and City Council, Samuel Daniels of Hadfield Street, Lodge, Georgetown, was arrested and charged for depositing refuse on Quamina Street, South Cummingsburg, Georgetown.
His imprisonment is part of the Council’s recently launched campaign to stop illegal dumping in the city. For the year, about 15 litterbugs were placed before the court, but this is the first time an individual has been incarcerated for the offence, King said.
The body is renewing its appeal for citizens to desist from dumping refuse. King emphasized that the Council is short on manpower and vital resources to keep the City clean.
According to Chief Constabulary Officer, Andrew Foo, monitoring the streets to ensure residents do not litter is difficult since the constabulary is operating below strength. Within recent years recruitment has been low, due to the late payment of salary and better options with other Law Enforcement Agencies.
Foo blamed the Constabulary’s inability to provide tools, uniforms and vehicles for constables, on the Council’s poor financial situation.