Judge to Beenie Man: “Not even the king is above the law”

Dancehall artist Moses ‘Beenie Man’ Davis was fined $150,000 or 35 days in jail when he appeared for sentencing before the St Elizabeth Parish Court in Black River this Monday. He had previously pleaded guilty to breaches of the Disaster Risk Management Act.

According to Davis’ attorney, Roderick Gordon, no performances were taking place at the time when the police visited the location in Shrewsbury district in St Elizabeth, where the breach was committed last November.

“Mr Davis was supporting an event to raise funds with which to purchase tablets for needy children in the community, and when the police came, my client, like any other decent law-abiding citizens, introduced himself to the officers and pointed out that he was not having a session”, Gordon told the court.

In handing down the sentencing, the judge told Davis that as the ‘King of the Dancehall’, his ‘kingship’ comes with responsibility.

“I hope when you leave this courtroom today, you will let Jamaicans know that not even the king is above the law,” the judge told Davis. “Mr Davis, you can either be the ‘King of Dancehall’ in this case, or you can just be the other guy, and I hope you are not the other guy.”

On January 1 this year, the entertainer was summoned to the Black River Police Station, where he was charged for hosting an illegal event in Shrewsbury district on November 19, 2020.

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