Prison aid

He was pleading for help even before he entered the dock in the No. 2 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court, but what a 28-year-old man had hoped for was not what he got at the end of his hearing.

Simeon Levi Graham, of Beckwith Street, St Michael, appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant charged with possession of apparatus intended for the misuse of cocaine.

He pleaded guilty to the offence, which occurred earlier today. However, he was not required to plead to the indictable charge that he also assaulted Ramon McClean today, with intent to rob him.

Graham was already in the custody of police in connection with another matter when the cocaine paraphernalia was found in his possession.

Police prosecutor Station Sergeant Janice Ifill told the magistrate that one transparent bottle with residue at the bottom was found in a cigarette box, and Graham admitted ownership of it.

In addressing the magistrate, he pointed out that he had been in and out of prison for a long time and was “tired”.

“I can’t help my family or nothing so. I was wondering if I can get some help at another facility so I can fight my drug addiction and better my life?” Graham asked.

However, Cuffy-Sargeant informed him that he was free to attend any drug rehabilitation facility when he was on the outside.

She then granted him his wish for help in the form of 12 months at HMP Dodds with drug counseling and rehabilitation.

“Twelve months, Ma’am?” a stunned Graham queried, to which the magistrate responded: “You asked for help and rehab, Mr Graham.”

Apparently it was not what the unemployed man had hoped for.

“In prison I don’t get the help that I need,” he grumbled.

Graham will return to court on April 26 on the indictable matter.

8 Responses to Prison aid

  1. Whitehill March 30, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Is this some kind of sick game being played here? This is the second young black man sent to prison for lengthy terms in as many days by this magistrate for frivolously crap. in every instance these men pleaded with this fool for help, and all they got was some dismissive rubbish from this woman and prison time. Are there any women out there with compassion and empathy for your brothers and sons who have lost their way?
    Must you all be so angry, bitter and vindictive now that you have arrived?
    When the white Judges in North America do it to our sons and brothers we know what it is, What do we call it when our black women are doing the same to their lost sons and brothers?

  2. Janet Mills
    Janet Mills March 30, 2017 at 9:59 am


  3. Jahson March 30, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Not nice he need help not jail come on

  4. William March 30, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    With so many cases involving cocaine, it does appear that the police, customs and coast guard are loosing the battle.

  5. concerned March 30, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    So true he keep asked for help and all they keep doing is pit him in jail smh he has kids may be thts why he wanna better his life

  6. sharon WALKER March 30, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    These judges locking up people for foolish things wasting tax payers money.All thee man is asking her for is help and she give the man 12 months at dodds.

  7. crab April 24, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    compulsory help in prison will make him stronger when you taste what you don’t like you won’t go back fa mo.

  8. crab April 24, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    help in prison will make him stronger when you taste what you don’t like you won’t go back fa mo.


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