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Halls Road resident fails drug programme

courtMagistrate Douglas Frederick today chastised a 41-year-old man for wasting resources after he failed to complete his drug rehabilitation programme.

Philip Jones Jr of School Lane, Halls Road, St Michael was placed on a programme at one of the island’s established institutions to get the necessary help for his alcohol problem.

Jones Jr pleaded guilty back in June to damaging a $300 window at his father’s house.

Back then he readily accepted the help offered by Frederick for his addiction and was sent to the Psychiatric Hospital for assessment to determine what institution he should be referred to.

However, when an official from the rehabilitation centre appeared before the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court this morning she revealed that Jones Jr had failed to complete the third step needed in the programme, despite being given an extension.

The official described him as being very complacent in completing various aspects of his treatment work, which would have been beneficial to his treatment, and as such he was discharged from the programme.

“You were given a golden opportunity [because] you said you wanted to settle down,” Frederick told Jones Jr, who replied; “It was only one step.”

However, the magistrate informed him that “one step was a big step . . . . You climbed the mountain but you didn’t reach the top.”

Jones Jr was then slapped with a $750 fine, which must be paid within a month. If breached, he will spend three months in jail.

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