No more, please
Youth says jail was one of his worst experiences
After spending the last week on remand at HMP Dodds, 22-year-old Shamar Dottin is sure about one thing – he does not want to go back.
“[It was] one of the worst experiences I ever had, Sir,” the young man said today when Magistrate Douglas Frederick asked him “how was it?”
“But why would you say that? You were working towards getting there for a long time,” Frederick replied, referring to Dottin’s behaviour over the past few months.
Dottin and two others had pleaded guilty to three charges of possession of cocaine, trafficking and intent to supply 1.93 grammes of the substance.
Police had seen the trio in a car in Nelson Street, The City on November 7 and subsequently found wrappings containing cocaine when they searched the vehicle.
At the time of his guilty plea, Dottin was ordered to complete 240 hours of community service. He was also to undergo period drug testing.
However, when the report was read to the court last week, Magistrate Frederick heard that Dottin had only done 38 hours since November and that he had a poor attitude toward the work.
Additionally, he failed one drug test and never showed up for the second.
The community service order was therefore revoked and Dottin was remanded to prison for one week.
“You have to turn over a new leaf now,” Magistrate Frederick told Dottin. “You are not too far gone and you have potential so don’t look back at the past.”
He then sent the youngster to the Psychiatric Hospital, saying Dottin had to demonstrate that he really wanted to do the programme.
The youth will return to court on March 27.