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Weed at the party

16-year-old caught with spliffs at Pirates Cove event

COURT TODAY BLOCKWhen a 16-year-old resident of The City went before the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court today accused of marijuana possession, he told Acting Chief Magistrate Douglas Frederick he had been smoking weed since last year.

Asked why he would do drugs, the teen told Frederick: “I just smoke it to cool my head.”

Security personnel at the function at Pirates Cove, Brownes Beach, St Michael had summoned police when they found the youth carrying what they suspected was marijuana, and the young man admitted he was carrying the illegal drug, the court was told.

Questioned by the magistrate, the teen revealed he was kicked out of the Alleyne School earlier this year, but he had an interest in carpentry.

“A fellow down by me does do carpentry and he does show me nuff tings,” he explained. He also expressed his desire to get into the Skills Training Programme.

The magistrate said he was pleased that the police had caught the accused, since it was an opportunity to pull him “away from drugs”.

The teenager’s father was visibly affected by his son’s presence in the dock, even as he explained that he had spoken to the boy “countless times about the road he was going down”.

He also explained that even though his son was “never disrespectful” to him, he was not surprised at his arrest since he had time alone when both his parents were at work.

A presentencing report was ordered on the teen, who was also placed on $1,500 bail until November 25 when he returns to court.

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