Harvey given chance to kick drug habit

COURT TODAY BLOCKMagistrate Douglas Frederick was convinced that Cecil Harvey was trying to kick his drug habit and turn his life around.

As a result, Harvey was spared a prison sentence and will be assessed to see if he is a proper candidate for the drug rehabilitation programme.

Today, when the 60-year-old unemployed man of Constitution Road, St Michael appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court, he pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis, as well as having apparatus for the use of cocaine.

Standing from the dock sharply dressed in a plaid shirt and khaki slacks, Harvey admitted that while cocaine was a hard habit to kick, he was making a brave attempt to do so.

“I’ve been working at church every Sunday and really trying hard to stop. It has been ten days since I last used any drugs and I am requesting help with a drug programme,” he said.

Additionally, Harvey said he was in the process of starting a new business.

While he told the accused that he felt such a programme would be suitable for him, Frederick warned him that failure to comply with the rules and regulations would result in him being sent to jail.

“If they put you in a programme and you don’t comply and you are kicked out, when you come back here you will be sentenced,” he cautioned.

Police prosecutor Station Sergeant Neville Watson in giving the facts said police were carrying out investigations into certain matters concerning the accused and executed a search warrant at his house.

Five small bottles which were altered in a way to facilitate the use of cocaine were found, as well as a wrapper containing cannabis.

When asked to account for them he said, “Those are my pipes and it is just a little marijuana.”

The drugs weighed two grammes with a street value of $10.

He was subsequently arrested and charged.

2 Responses to Harvey given chance to kick drug habit

  1. seagul March 11, 2016 at 8:07 am

    A sixty- year old man with FIVE pipes for crack–this is sad Barbados.

  2. Cecil Harvey April 29, 2016 at 11:58 am

    I Guess that I was news worthy, I however wish that the Police prosecutor would have also told you that. The search of my residence came about as a result of the CID illigally keeping me locked up at the CID District A police Barracks. THey should have also mentioned that i willfully accompanied them from my home because the officer who approached me about going to the station stated that he had questions regarding issues concerning me being robbed on Dec. 23, 2015. THey should have also stated that i was kept waining in he waiting area for 45 minutes before the same officer ushered me into and interview room and that our conversation lasted a total of 10 minutes and that when i started to leave that i was held hopstage in athe waiting room with a police gurad at the door to prevent me from leaving even thouge i was not advised that i had been committed any crime or wa a suspet in any criminla matter. They shoul have also told you that i attempted a second time to leave since i was not advised that i was a suspect. that the officer sent me back to my seat and closed the door preventing me from leaving. That at about 5:30 the officer advised me that he was taking me home and that when we got to my home i got out of the vehicle to go into my house and that at that time i was handed a warrant to search my home. That i was nit appraised of any basis for the warrant and that keepin Barbadians prisoner with out just cause violates the Barbados constitution and that i am going to sue the Royal Barbados Poilce Force for illegam imprisonmennt and blatant violations of my civil right, attempted murde, threats of bodily harm only to list a few. I sincerely hope that you print this and do not forget that i intend to change my plea at the behest of my attorney to not guilty for lack of probable casue to obtain a search warrant amount other things.


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