Drug turn

Two accused have a change of heart

Two St Michael men will pay “hefty fines” when they re-appear in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court in August.

Magistrate Douglas Frederick served notice of this to 34-year-old Victor Anthony Watson of Upper Bank Hall, St Michael and 33-year-old Daniel Anderson Inniss of Brathwaite’s Gap, Hindsbury Road, St Michael after they both pleaded guilty Tuesday to several drug offences, three years after they were charged.

When Watson and Inniss initially appeared in court on June 12, 2014 they said had denied the charges of possession, possession with intent to supply and having a trafficable quantity of cannabis in their possession.

However, appearing before Frederick Tuesday in the company of their attorney Roy Hurley, they apparently had a change of heart as they owned up to the offences.

According to the facts read by the prosecutor, lawmen were on patrol on June 10, 2014 when they stopped a vehicle in the area of White Hall and Codrington Street. Two bags, containing vegetable matter, suspected to be cannabis, were found in the trunk of the car after police executed a search with the consent on the driver.

Asked to account for the substance, both men admitted knowledge and ownership of the illicit drugs weighing 26 kilogrammes, Sergeant Martin Rock told the court.

In his clients’ defence, Hurley pointed out that they had no prior convictions or pending matters before any court on the island. He also urged the magistrate to consider his clients’ guilty plea, even though it did not come at the earliest possible time.

However, Frederick said the only question to be answered was whether to impose a custodial sentence or a fine on the men given the amount of drugs involved to which the men’s attorney responded saying that based on the age of the case, he did not see the point in remanding the men at this time.

Following that submission, the magistrate ruled that Watson and Inniss would be allowed to continue on bail.

They are due to return to court on August 24 when the details on their pre sentencing reports on are expected.

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