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Deane ordered to keep the peace

COURT TODAY BLOCKDespite being kicked out of Verdun House, Ronald Dacosta Deane was shown some leniency by Magistrate Douglas Frederick.

The 49-year-old unemployed man of no fixed place of abode was put on a bond to keep the peace for the next six months when he reappeared before Frederick in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court today.

Deane had been accepted into Verdun House in February after pleading guilty to having cocaine in his possession last year and asking for help for his drug addiction.

But Curtis Moise, an officer at the drug rehabilitation organization, told the court that after starting extremely well, Deane had regressed to his old ways.

He said Deane had completed two months of the three month programme before being discharged.

“He was discharged prematurely because after performing extremely well in the first six weeks in which he impressed staff at Verdun House, Mr Deane regressed to his old behaviour,” Moise revealed.

When asked if he had anything to say to the court, Deane replied, “I apologize to Verdun House for my behaviour. I found some of the recommendations to be a bit harsh, but I learnt a lot about my disease. I was in prison last year Sir, and I hope you won’t be too harsh on me.”

While Frederick said he was disappointed that he did not complete the programme, he told Deane, “The fact is that you at least tried . . . but if you can’t deal with this problem on your own, you will find yourself back before the court.”

If Deane breaches the bond, he will spend three months in prison.

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