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16-year-old sorry he ever smoked cannabis

COURT TODAY BLOCKSixteen-year-old Dillan Darion Griffith went to an event at Kensington Oval yesterday, he probably had no idea that he would miss the show and end up in a courtroom dock today.

Such was the case after police stopped him as he was going through the gate and found a small quantity of marijuana in a pocket. The Duncan, St Philip resident told police the marijuana was his but he found it on Fontabelle Road.

Today he pleaded guilty before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court.

Griffith’s attorney Adonica Spence told the court that her client was young, had pleaded guilty early and had no previous convictions.

She added that Griffith was “contrite and is constructively engaged in skills training” which is close to an end.

“He is sorry he ever began smoking cannabis Sir,” Spence explained, asking Magistrate Douglas Frederick to “exercise leniency on a 16-year-old boy who did something quite stupid”.

“Unless you stop using drugs . . . all the skills training that you are doing will go to waste . . . and you are going to end up right back here,” the Magistrate remarked.

He added that there were too many “stereotypical” young men coming through the system, whom the Government had spent so much money trying to educate and yet they continued to leave school “with not one certificate”.

“But there is a different path . . . you can put this behind you,” Magistrate Frederick said. He advised Griffith that community service would only be “this once” for the first time offender, “so the rest is up to you”.

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