First-time offender on probation for drugs
A 24-year-old man from St Michael today pleaded guilty to possession of 14 grammes of cannabis.
Troy Romel Skeete of Seclusion Road, Black Rock was charged after the illicit drug was found on him by police who were on patrol on Bay Street, The City yesterday.
According to the facts read by police prosecutor Sergeant Janice Ifill, lawmen found 27 greaseproof wrappings in clear plastic in his possession.
Skeete’s attorney, Dr Waldo Ramsay, asked the court to impose a “lenient” sentence on his client, on the basis that he had no criminal record and was “unknown to the court”.
“That says something about him . . . [I am asking] for the court to be as lenient as possible towards him in order to keep the record of this young man clean as possible,” Dr Ramsay said, as he suggested that community service be imposed.
Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant agreed and after conferring with a probation officer, a sentence of 80 hours of community service was placed on the first-time offender.
Skeete returns to court on January 13, 2017 to inform the court of his progress.