Community service for drug offender

courtA 23-year-old man has three months to complete 80 hours of community service.

Andre Ramon Blackman of Rock Hall, St Judes, St George pleaded guilty in the No. 2 District ‘A’ Court presided by Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant to possession of cannabis Monday.

According to the facts presented by police prosecutor Sergeant Janice Ifill, lawmen were on Broad Street conducting traffic checks when they saw a car parked in the area of the traffic lights.

As police approached the vehicle, Blackman was seen fidgeting with his pants pocket. A search was requested and a greaseproof wrapping containing the drug was found.

“It is mine, but it is fanta,” Blackman told the police at the time, when asked to account for it being in his possession. However, after he was taken into custody he admitted to lawmen that the substance was cannabis.

In arguing for the court to be lenient on the first-time offender, Blackman’s lawyer Mohia Ma’at told Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant that his client had not wasted any judicial time and was “very remorseful.”

“He is not a regular user and he has seen the error of his ways . . . and saw the danger . . . . I urge the court to look favourably and consider the Penal Reform Act that speaks to community service,” Ma’at submitted.

The magistrate then imposed the sentence on Blackman who is scheduled to return to court on January 13, 2017.

“Thank you, Ma’am, and I . . . apologize,” Blackman said as he left the dock.

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