Apologetic teen to be sentenced later this year
A fourth form student who said he was introduced to marijuana at school last year, will be sentenced later this year after admitting to having a small quantity of the drug over the weekend.
The Halls Road, St Michael resident went before Acting Chief Magistrate Douglas Frederick yesterday and when asked about his drug habit said he started using weed last year when someone gave him some outside his classroom.
Sergeant Martin Rock told the District ‘A’ Magistrate Court that police saw the teen riding along St Michael’s Row on Saturday. After they stopped him, he began acting suspiciously so they requested a search. He consented and lawmen found a greaseproof wrapping in the waistband of his boxers.
It is his first offence.
When Frederick queried whether the youngster had been taught about drugs at school, he responded that he had been told to “keep away from drugs”.
The teen, who said he intended to become a soldier to protect his country, told the court he was “very sorry” for using drugs.
“You know soldiers are sometimes called upon to help eradicate drugs? They have to go through gullies and so on looking for drugs? You can’t be in drugs and fighting against drugs,” Frederick advised.
After the magistrate advised the young man to stop using drugs so he could maximize his full potential, he ordered a presentencing report on the youth, who returns to court on November 25.