Laden fined $2,000 for disobeying police

Dancehall artiste Laden

Dancehall artiste Laden was fined $2,000 for failure to obey a constable’s command when he appeared in the Santa Cruz Parish Court in St Elizabeth on Wednesday (December 9).

It was either the fine or five days imprisonment for the entertainer.

His lawyer, Thomas Levene, told the Jamaica Observer that the charge of breaching the Disaster Risk Management Act was withdrawn.

Reports are that Laden was driving a black Mercedes Benz in Cheapside, St Elizabeth, on October 28 when police signalled him to stop. He reportedly ignored the order and was chased by police, who observed an object being thrown from the car’s sunroof.

The police caught up with the vehicle and arrested Laden and two other occupants. They returned to search the area where the object was seen being discarded and a pistol recovered.

Laden, whose given name is Okeefe Aarons, is scheduled to return to court on December 15 after pleading guilty to possession of firearm and ammunition.

“Mr Aarons remains pensive but is strong in his faith and accepts that God has created a teachable moment in his life’s journey,” said Levene.