Drug addict chooses rehab over freedom

She has spent 28 days on remand in prison on a charge of having cocaine apparatus. But when Roseann Elizabeth Burgess, of no fixed place of abode, made her second appearance in the No. 2 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today, not only did she have a surety to post bail, but she was also offered a place to stay.

In the end, though, she ended up going back to HMP Dodds.

Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant had granted Burgess $2,000 bail and ordered her to live with her surety who had one condition.

“I will take her in my house, providing that she goes to rehab,” the surety told the court. “She is a drug addict and has been living on the streets for the past three years.”

However, the magistrate informed the surety that the court could not make such an order, as Burgess had pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The two were waiting to sign the bail forms when Burgess asked to speak to the magistrate.

“I would like to plead guilty and to go to rehab,” she said softly, requesting treatment at Verdun House.

However, Cuffy-Sargeant explained to Burgess that she would have to remain on remand until next Tuesday, so she could be assessed to see if she would qualify for the programme.

The time on remand, Cuffy-Sergeant explained, would be considered Burgess’ detox period, and if she chose to leave, she would have to start the process over.

After considering her options, Burgess took the bold step.

“I will do the rehab. l will stay on remand and return on Tuesday,” she said.

11 Responses to Drug addict chooses rehab over freedom

  1. kathy-Ann Clarke April 27, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Ok, well let’s hope you go to rehab and do the full program, and come out a different person. All the best to you.

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  2. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn April 27, 2017 at 7:55 am

    SHE NEEDS TO PUT ON A ISLAND WHERE THEIR IS NOT DRUGS. AND SHE WILL FIND A WAY TO SWIM A SHORE TO GET DRUGS. SOME PEOPLE WILL SAY THAT I AM NOT GIVING HER A CHANCE. NO ONE CANNOT CHANGE YOU FROM TAKING DRUGS. YOU HAVE THE POWER TO STOP.

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    • Risa Ndm Rouse
      Risa Ndm Rouse April 27, 2017 at 9:37 am

      Thank u!

      Reply
    • Richard Stephen Innocent
      Richard Stephen Innocent April 27, 2017 at 9:42 am

      What kind of asshole you be you is the one that need to be put on a deserted island for darmass ppl jackass!!

      Reply
    • Stress Babi
      Stress Babi April 27, 2017 at 10:27 am

      You Need To Be Placed Back In School To Learn To Spell …..

      Reply
  3. Wendy Clarke
    Wendy Clarke April 27, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Go with the Lord’s prayer. Good Luck

    Reply
  4. James Amlighty
    James Amlighty April 27, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Good for her at least she has the strength to realise she has a serious problem.. wish her well dont judge her.. unless you’re one of those perfect people who never or ever will make a mistake… sick of you Facebook holier than thou judges…

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    • Stress Babi
      Stress Babi April 27, 2017 at 10:26 am

      Amen!!!!! I Always Saying This … And Half A Them Ain’t Know What Them Children Doing

      Reply
  5. Rene Gade
    Rene Gade April 27, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Keep your head up and good luck.

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  6. Evadney pile April 28, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Wish u all the luck..it is good god be with u

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  7. Evadney pile April 28, 2017 at 9:47 am

    God be wth u

    Reply

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