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Cheltenham gets six months

COURT TODAY BLOCKRichard Cheltenham (not the prominent attorney) will be housed at HMP Dodds for the next six months.

That determination was made after the 49-year-old of Bedford Lane, Roebuck Street, St, Michael pleaded guilty yesterday to having apparatus fit and intended for use in connection with cocaine.

Initially, Cheltenham misunderstood the charge that was read to him and denied that he had any cocaine. However, he later told Magistrate Douglas Frederick, who re-read the charge to him: “Your Honour, it is writing before you, so take whatever is in writing before you; that is all I can say.”

Police prosecutor Sergeant Martin Rock also told the court that when Cheltenham was asked by police on Sunday to account for having a Ginseng bottle with a hole at the bottom of it, the repeat offender told lawmen: “Wuh wrong wid wunna? If I use cocaine I use it.”

Before handing down the sentence to Cheltenham, the magistrate recalled that he was recently given six months for having an offensive weapon and had also convicted, reprimanded and discharged him for having an illegal apparatus.

“In fact, you just came out [of jail],” Frederick acknowledged.

Also appearing in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court today were two residents from Godding Road, Station Hill, St Michael, who police found with cannabis over the weekend.

Dario Jan-Luc Holder-Branch, a 31-year-old labourer was fined $350 forthwith, while Zing Leo Pile, a 24-year-old repeat offender, was fined $750 forthwith.

Both men paid their fines after pleading guilty.

One Response to Cheltenham gets six months

  1. Donild Trimp March 15, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Free housing, free food, free tv, free exercise equipment, free medical care for six months for “having a Ginseng bottle with a hole at the bottom of it”.

    Yes, we know this apparatus is associated with the consumption of an illegal substance but is this not a waste of tax payers money to put this guy in prison for six months?

    Barbados need more progressive thinking minds on the bench to handle these victim-less offenses (crimes).


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