St. Thomas dancehall artiste Popcaan whose real name is André Sutherland must return to court in September after he pleaded not guilty on Thursday to several traffic charges laid against him. The airing was for a matter which took place in April of 2021 in the community of St. Thomas.
According to the police, while acting on information on April 26th, the ‘Unruly Boss’ was a part of a 9-vehicle convoy that was intercepted by the lawmen.
After several checks were carried out, Popcaan was found to be in breach of multiple sections of the Road Traffic Act which includes driving an unlicensed motorcycle, driving without insurance coverage, having no valid certificate of fitness, having no registration plate affixed. He was also charged for driving without a helmet, driving with no side-view mirror and driving without a driver’s licence.
While in front of the Yallahs Traffic Court on Thursday, Popcaan reportedly denied the allegations made by the police and detailed that he was not riding a bike when the police approached him and the bike in question was parked on the side of the road when the police arrived.
Weeks ago, Popcaan who was enraged about the matter, posted on Twitter that the police was harassing him every time he went to St. Thomas and that he will be breezing the parish for a while, hoping the people will understand.
After seeing Popcaan’s message, a 23-year-old female of Sunning District, in the Parish of St. Thomas, called for the police to stop harassing Popcaan, given what he says is true, because not having him in the parish will have adverse effects.
According to the female who also posted her comments on Twitter, “Poppy” has been the central force behind certain infrastructural and social developments in the parish including, the building of roads and the cleaning of the Bath River. She also stated for these projects that the entertainer ensures that the workers are paid.
Popcaan is set to return to court on September 2nd.