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Higgler caught opening unfit ackees in market fined $20,000

Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2015 | 11:50 AM

The Manchester woman who was arrested and charged after she was seen cutting open unfit ackee pods while selling at the Charles Gordon Market in St James, has been fined $20,000.

Pauline Powell, who is of an Evergreen address in Manchester, was fined yesterday by resident magistrate Natalie Hart-Hines in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate’s Court.

Powell pleaded guilty to breaches of the Public Health Act.

Should she fail to pay the fine, she will spend 10 days in jail.

The court was told that on October 28 last year, a policeman was on foot patrol at the Charles Gordon Market when he observed Powell using a knife to pry open the unfit ackee pods.

Powell was arrested and charged with committing breaches of the Agricultural Produce Act and the Unlawful Possession of Property Act.

Her case was set for trial but, following consultations with her attorney, she pleaded guilty to breaching the regulations of the Public Health Act.

Ackee is only fit for consumption when the pods open naturally.