Tobiere “out of chances”
After attempting to get help for a young man with a drug problem, Magistrate Douglas Frederick told him today that he was not going to try with him anymore.
Akil Omari Tobiere, of Valley Land, St George pleaded guilty months ago to stealing $3,500 worth of jewellery belonging to Gloria Maynard in October 2012.
Last October, the court sentenced him to a year’s probation with the condition that he attend and complete the walk-in drug rehabilitation programme at the Psychiatric Hospital and submit himself to random drug testing.
However, a report on Tobiere presented in court today showed that the 22-year-old only completed one part of the programme and when he should have been continuing, he instead spent time ‘liming’ at a shop opposite. He also failed a recent drug test.
“I sent you down there to get help and you spent the time liming by a shop?” Magistrate Frederick asked Tobiere today.
Tobiere, however, pleaded for another chance. “I could prove that I could change. I would like another chance, please, sir,” he said.
“You had three chances already. You had a chance when I sent you down there (Psychiatric Hospital) in the first place, when the probation officer said that only jail could turn you around . . . Then you went down there and make noise because the people offer you mackerel, saying that you don’t eat that kind of food home and now you gone liming by a shop . . . I can’t try with you anymore.”
Tobiere offered an explanation for spending time by the shop. It was that he had a relationship with a girl who worked there.
“In that little space of time I sent you down there, you get into a relationship?” Magistrate Frederick asked.
Tobiere was then sentenced to six months in prison.