Magistrate offers drug accused way out of jail

courtA young man from St Michael was remanded to HMP Dodds for two days after his mother failed to secure a $1,000 fine owed to the District “A” Magistrates Court from 2015.

Andre Jermaine James, 26, of Ashby Alley, St Michael, Tuesday pleaded guilty to possession of 7.4 grams of cannabis.

In outlining the case, prosecutor Sergeant Martin Rock revealed that lawmen were in the area of Beckwith Street when James was seen among a group of men at a table.

The accused “quickly” left the table holding a bottle and headed towards a shop as the lawmen exited their vehicle.

James’ suspicious behaviour caught the attention of the law enforcement officials who ordered him to stop, but he continued to move in the direction of the shop, throwing the bottle on the floor.

The bottle was retrieved by police and examined in his presence.

It contained 46 transparent ziplock bags each containing cannabis.

Asked to account for it, the accused is reported to have said: “That is a little drugs I got to smoke, give me a break.”

The illegal substance had a street value of $38.70.

In court, Acting Chief Magistrate Douglas Frederick asked James whether he had paid the previous fines imposed on him by another magistrate for earlier drug charges.

It was then revealed that James had only paid for one fine and the latest, a $1,000 fine, was still unpaid. The alternative was four months’ imprisonment.

The magistrate said: “I will work with you, pay the fine today and I will place you on a bond to keep the peace.”

But by the end of court business today James’ mother had not yet returned with the monies owed.

The magistrate remanded him to HMP Dodds until Friday, by which time the money must be paid.

Failure to do so will see James spending four months behind bars.

4 Responses to Magistrate offers drug accused way out of jail

  1. The Negrocrat August 24, 2016 at 7:14 am

    You were offered a break, take this chance and run in the right direction.

  2. BoboTheClown August 24, 2016 at 9:34 am

    I guess the lad could not come up with $1000 dollars. Maybe if he was buying a bag of weed for $1000 he would have somehow found it. It all goes to show how stupid and brain dead these young people have become. They go around filling the drug dealers pocket , but are unable to help themselves ,and you don’t hear of any of the drug bosses come to their rescue because another fool will step up and fill the void if he goes to jail.
    Maybe his mother has tried her best, warned him on occasion and has decided to let him feel the pinch . Like the old folk would say, “hard ears you won’t hear,hard ears you gine feel”

  3. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce August 24, 2016 at 9:53 am

    The pickle head need to redeem himself cause supplier got a nice home 2.5 children all educated privately, live in a beautiful home travel around the world and this jack ass ain’t got sand paper to wipe his ass let alone money to pay a fine. The courts need to check all those dealing in drugs if they have a bank account with savings and cease every dollar. Dodds always got room for one more.

  4. Hal Austin August 24, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Very sensible and mature decision, unlike some of his psychopathic colleagues.


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