Charged for drugs, jailed for fine

A 53-year-old man who appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court Friday on a drug charge ended up at HMP Dodds for a totally different reason.

Phillip Livingston King, of Lennox Avenue, Goodland, St Michael, was sent to prison for an unpaid fine, after he pleaded guilty to having $17.50 worth of cannabis in his possession Thursday.

According to the facts outlined by the prosecutor, police were on patrol along President Kennedy Drive just after 10 p.m. when they stopped the motorcar in which King was travelling.

A plastic bag was seen protruding from his pocket, which caused lawmen to request a search, to which King consented.

In admitting to the offence of possession of cannabis, he told police that weed was legal in some parts of the world and he could have it.

However, it was King’s past that came back to haunt him when the prosecutor informed the court that he had been ordered to pay $2,000 back in 2014 on a similar charge.

He had been given 12 weeks to pay and told that he would spend nine months in prison if he didn’t.

King told Magistrate Frederick Friday that while he had been paying, he “might have not paid all”. He said he had shelled out about $1,500 but had some work to do and spent the rest of the money.

However, the magistrate reminded King that the fine was imposed two years ago, and then made a request for the police to probe whether the money had, in fact, been paid.

It was discovered that King had a $440 balance and had been given an extension to pay, but never returned to the court.

He was then told that a warrant had been issued for him and it was imperative that he pay the amount today.

“I cannot release you,” Frederick said as he advised King to make a phone call to get someone to help.

King then informed the magistrate that his ATM card was not functioning properly and he would have to go into the bank to get the money.

“Just give me 45 minutes to go and come back,” he pleaded.

But Frederick told King he could not trust him because he had never returned to court to pay his dues.

“Who am I to say you will come back?”

The magistrate then remanded King to HMP Dodds until March 23, again advising him to get someone to pay the money.

5 Responses to Charged for drugs, jailed for fine

  1. North Point March 18, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Some people does really think that yuh stupid, he had nearly three years to make him self good, he never did that, and now want the magistrate to let him go to the bank and come back, give him the 9 months, done deal.

  2. kathy-Ann Clarke March 18, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Yeah right, he using bare excuses.
    He feel Magistrate Frederick stupid.

  3. carlile Norville March 18, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    can i ask a question, please ,the white people in Barbados all drop down from heaven & can do no wrong, i went to white people houses here in Barbados & i saw lots of cocaine white powder, white girls were there snorting.I went to a white guys home they had so mucch weed mescaline & l.s.d. de thing is i don’t see white boys & girls in court is the law only for blacks.

  4. Thomas March 20, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Time to legalise Cannabis to take back some control! The war on drugs is lost

  5. Michael Spence March 30, 2017 at 1:37 am

    Time to legalize or decriminalize ganja in Barbados and stop[ wasting the courts time.


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