Keith Simmons, 45, appeared in Magistrates Court this morning’s [Aug 7] and told Magistrate Tyrone Chin that he could not pay an old fine of $1,250 from 2008.
Mr Simmons told the Magistrate: “No sense ducking and ducking from something I cannot pay. I’ll do the time. I have no money. Might as well send me up Westgate.”
The Magistrate suggested that Mr Simmons could use help from the free BARC referral process but Mr Simmons refused this offer. Asked if he was working, Mr Simmons told the Magistrate that he had been incarcerated for part of 2008 and was currently finding it difficult to pick up the kind of work that he had been doing.
Asked about that, Mr Simmons said that he did work with “asbestos removal, painting, and stuff…” and that this kind of work had dried up. He said: “Nobody’s putting up big buildings anymore.”
He also told the Magistrate that a recent medical emergency amongst his family had stretched family finances and that he did not expect any help from that quarter.
The Magistrate said that his options were limited and followed this comment by ordering that Mr Simmons must serve 100 days in default.
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