No slap on the wrist!
Prosecutor argues for stern message to be sent
Whatever the Court decides, Chester Devere Brewster’s penalty should be one, which would cause him “not to grace these doors again on a similar charge”.
That was the view expressed by Principal Crown Counsel Elwood Watts, as he responded to mitigation from Brewster’s attorney Angela Mitchell-Gittens.
Police found cocaine and bullets at Brewster’s Lakes Folly, St Michael home almost 13 years ago. In May 2013, he pleaded guilty to having 23 rounds of ammunition, 5.6 kilogrammes of cocaine and trafficking the substance.
On an earlier occasion, Mitchell-Gittens referred to her client’s favourable probation report, in which his community described him as caring and his co-workers as ambitious and hardworking.
His employer had also spoken highly of him when he gave evidence as a character witness.
The lawyer also submitted that Brewster was an ideal candidate for a fine, particularly since the offence had been committed “many, many, years ago”. Not only had Brewster managed to maintain work but he had been promoted since this matter as well.
Last time, Watts said that he too was mindful of the length of time but felt that any fine imposed “should be sharp enough to bring home the seriousness of the matter”.
The prosecutor reminded the Court that it was accepted that crimes involving cocaine “invite a harsher penalty” than marijuana.
Watts further contended that if the Court was minded to fine Brewster rather than jail him, then that fine must be one which, “you should feel in your pocket”.
“. . . My finger was in the area of $75 000,” Watts added.
“It should not be one where you walk away and smile and see it as a slap on the wrist.”
Brewster’s matter was adjourned until April 2, when he is expected to be sentenced by Justice Randall Worrell.