By FARRAH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
A 51-year-old man was fined yesterday for swimming on private property last weekend.
Dwayne Rolle appeared before Senior Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis charged with trespassing, after he was accused of swimming in waters within the borders of Harbourside Resorts, Atlantis, on September 5.
He pleaded guilty and was fined $50 or ten days at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services.
The court heard a security manager at Atlantis Marina had been made aware of the defendant who had been trespassing on Harbourside Marina's property and caught fishing juvenile conchs. The court was told another resort employee told Rolle he could not be there because it was private property.
Still, the defendant returned which prompted them to contact Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers who took the defendant on board their craft and escorted him off the premises. Later that day, the accused returned once again. He was arrested for trespassing a short time later. During his interview with police, Rolle said after he was done checking something on his friend's boat, he went for a swim. He insisted he did not realise he crossed over on private property.
After accepting Rolle's guilty plea, Magistrate Rolle-Davis imposed the fine.
He warned him if he failed to pay the fine he would spend ten days in prison.