Popcaan fined after pleading guilty to Unruly Fest charges

Popcaan stands in front of the St Thomas Parish Court following a court hearing on Jan. 10, 2024.

Dancehall star, Andrae Sutherland, better known as Popcaan, will pay a fine after pleading guilty to various charges stemming from his staging of Unruly Fest last December.

On Jan. 10, Sutherland pled guilty to four charges including using indecent language, disorderly conduct, using abusive and calumnious language and issuing a threat to police officers. The fines received amount to JA$6,000.

Sutherland will return to the Morant Bay courthouse in his native St. Thomas on Feb. 9 to answer the lone charge remaining of breaches to the Noise Abatement Act. Sutherland pled not guilty to that charge during his latest hearing.

Unruly Fest 2023 ended in controversy when local police took to the stage around 5 a.m., an hour after authorities claimed the show should have ended. The police confronted Popcaan, Chronic Law and others on stage as they continued performing despite the presence of the lawmen.

Popcaan has been hosting Unruly Fest in St. Thomas since 2018, with many top names in dancehall, reggae and hip-hop appearing. The 2023 edition’s notable performers included Sean Paul, the above-mentioned Chronic Law, Skillibeng, Fivio Foreign and I-Wayne. Past editions of Unruly Fest have seen the likes of hip-hop megastar, Drake, Protoje and Lila Ike perform.


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