Coward loses drug rehab chance

A 24-year-old man who squandered “a golden opportunity” at Verdun House has been remanded to Dodds prison until next month.

Brandon Keron Akeem Coward, who is said to have no fixed place of abode, was sent to the drug rehabilitation facility on June 7 for treatment after being remanded to the Psychiatric Hospital for observation.

Coward, who the court was told migrated to Canada in his teens, had pleaded guilty to stealing a television worth $675 belonging to John Bonnett on May 13. He also admitted to entering the home of Tiffany Worrell as a trespasser a day later and stealing her laptop computer worth $2,063.61.

He told Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant when he first appeared in the No. 1 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court that he committed the offence while “under the influence of cocaine”.

He was given the opportunity to get help, but an official from Verdun House told Magistrate Douglas Frederick today that Coward had to be discharged because he had taken drugs onto the compound.

“You messed up . . . . You were given a golden opportunity and you wasted it,” Magistrate Frederick told the young man.

However, Coward denied taking the illegal substance onto the property. He said he was being punished for refusing to answer officials’ questions about where the drugs had come from.

“You have a duty to say because you have to keep the place clean,” the magistrate told Coward.

Frederick explained that he could not deal with the matter or release Coward since Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant had dealt with the case.

As such, Coward was remanded until September 14 when he will appear before that magistrate.

4 Responses to Coward loses drug rehab chance

  1. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis August 23, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    That is called a screw face.

    Reply
    • Jai Khan
      Jai Khan August 23, 2017 at 6:58 pm

      Somebody should have lent him a mirror

      Reply
  2. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce August 23, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Live up to his name. Coward.

    Reply
  3. Cathy Jessamy-Babb
    Cathy Jessamy-Babb August 23, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    No one loses a drug rehab chance ” Golden opportunity, my —“. You either helping him or you are not. His condition is weak. The strong ones are to help him.

    Reply

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