Fisherman facing six charges
A College Savannah, St John fisherman was remanded to HMP Dodds until February 15 today after appearing in the District ‘C’ Magistrates Court on six indictable charges, four of which were drug-related.
Those against Jody MacDonald Watson were possession, importation, trafficking and intent to supply 1,000 pounds of marijuana.
The 29-year-old faces two additional charges of entering Barbados illegally by sea and disembarking without the consent of an immigration officer. He was not asked to plead when Magistrate Christopher Birch read the charges to him.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Azel Skeete drew attention to the quantity of marijuana and pointed out that Watson was already on bail from the District ‘A’ Court on a similar charge involving a much smaller amount.
Defence lawyer Naomi Lynton did not share the magistrate’s view and contended that he still had discretion to grant her client bail. In her application, she said Watson was “maintaining his not guilty plea” on both the former and current charges.
She also said that Watson’s two children depended heavily on him for support and any time spent on remand would “adversely impact on his family and him”.
Lynton further made reference to the fact that Watson has no prior convictions, his employment as a fisherman, and the fact that he also cuts trees when fishing becomes slow.
Bail was denied.