‘Cribbit’ to spend three years in jail
From the Courts
September 21, 2007
‘Cribbit’ to spend three years in jail

For the next three years, Jamal “Cribbit” Finch’s address will be Her Majesty’s Prisons, instead of Upper Middle Street.

Finch was convicted on Friday at the Serious Offences Court on ammunition charges.

Chief Magistrate Simone Churaman slapped the three-year custodial sentence on Finch, after he was found guilty of having six rounds of .38 special ammunition and one round of nine-millimeter ammunition. He received a six-month prison term for the one round of ammunition.

The Court was told that on August 4, 2007, at around 1 a.m., detectives from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), along with members of the Special Services Unit (SSU), went to execute a search warrant at Finch’s home in the “Bom Bom” area of Cane Hall.

While the search was being conducted, police told Finch to put on a pair of pants as he was only dressed in boxer shorts. While going to do so, Finch picked up a pair of trousers from a bed, and the seven rounds of ammunition fell from the crutch.

In his defence, Finch said it was his uncle’s house, and the pants did not belong to him. Lawyer Arthur Williams represented Finch in the matter.

It was also during that search that police apprehended one of the country’s most wanted men, Jariel Belle, 19, of Cane Hall.

Belle, who was on the run from police since early July, was hit with seven counts of gun related charges. He pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to six years imprisonment on Monday, August 13, 2007. (KW)