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Wharton ordered to stop gambling

COURT TODAY BLOCKWorried about the life she is living, Magistrate Douglas Frederick yesterday imposed a curfew on a 22-year-old woman.

Tiffany Karima Wharton, who appeared in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court on a charge of possession of cannabis, was granted $3,000 bail with one surety after she pleaded guilty. She was in possession of 12.1 grammes of the drug.

The illegal substance, which has a street value of $60.90, was found wrapped in 35 greaseproof wrappings in a clear plastic bag. That bag was inside another black plastic bag that was stuffed in a bottle.

The court heard that Wharton was “among a group of people gambling”.

According to the facts read by the prosecutor, she took up the bottle and started walking away when police approached the area on Wednesday.

She was intercepted. When asked to give an account of the parcel she was carrying after police conducted a search, which she agreed to, she said: “[I] was given the bottle to hold for a friend.”

Asked by the magistrate why she was gambling, she responded: “I was not gambling, I was just there.”

“Do you work?” the magistrate asked, “No Sir,” she answered. “Have you ever worked before?” he went on. “Only once before,” Wharton replied.

Frederick then asked Wharton a series of questions including where she lived and where her parents were. She replied that she had resided with a legal guardian for some time after she was “put out” by her parents who are separated.

“You are not a clear cut case. Seems like a lot is going on in your life,” the magistrate remarked. “How are you surviving? I need to know. We need to turn your life around and get you out of this downward spiral.”

“You need to put a little structure in your life . . .  I am placing you on a curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  . . . and stay away from the gambling block.”

The magistrate then ordered the young woman to report to the Probation Department in order to get a pre-sentencing report. “I need to know what is going on in your life, because it is not clear,” he remarked.

The Odessa McClean Avenue, My Lord’s Hill, St Michael resident is scheduled to return to court on July 29, 2016.

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