‘Smoking helps my asthma’
Rodney Sylvester Babb will have to perform 80 hours of community service after admitting to having cannabis in his possession yesterday.
The 38-year-old general worker of Paradise Road, Spooners Hill, St Michael pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis when he appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court this morning.
When asked by Magistrate Douglas Frederick why he had the drugs, the first-time offender said he used it to deal with his asthma.
“Sir I am sorry about what happened, but every now and again I smoke because I am an asthmatic. Since I started smoking from young, it has really helped my asthma,” he replied.
“Try and stop using the drugs,” the magistrate told Babb before handing down the sentence.
He will have until July 1 to complete the community service.
In giving the facts Sergeant Martin Rock told the court that Babb was riding a bicycle along Collymore Rock, St Michael when police stopped him.
He consented to a search and one gram of cannabis was found in a grease-proof wrapping in his back pocket.
The drugs had a street value of $5.
He was arrested and charged.