Party puffer

Hartley gets community service for having dope

A Christ Church man today learned it was not wise to go partying while using illegal drugs, although he escaped prison.

Thirty-one-year-old merchandiser Kenneth Marlon Curtis Hartley of No.4 Cane Vale, Christ Church pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and was sentenced to 160 hours of community service.

The first-time offender has until January next year to complete the sentence.   

The illegal drug was found in Hartley’s pocket on September 13 when police executed a search warrant at an establishment in Warrens where a fete was being held.

“You know how it is when you partying,” Harley told the Acting Magistrate Sandra Rawlins when asked whether he was a regular user of the drug.

“No, I don’t know,” said Rawlins, who explained that in her younger days she only went to simply have fun.

No conviction will be recorded against him if he “satisfactorily” performs the service.

He returns to court on January 26, 2018.

12 Responses to Party puffer

  1. Meakai September 15, 2017 at 12:28 am

    I don’t know, but this just seems like a waste of resources.
    Yuh mean taxpayers doan deserve value fuh money nuh mo?

    How wunna cud got big able police searching, arresting and charging people fuh a spliff only fuh a magistrate to give dem community service?

    Man let the police issue the fellow a ticket at the station. $100 forthwith. Collect yuh receipt on yuh way out and we will see you again next week.

    You ain’t paying??
    Awrite, cool yuh heels till Monday morning.
    De Magistrate gine tek $500 fuh wasting she, de police and de court’s time. Time is money and we gots nuff bad boys to catch and remand.
    Look pay de people duh money and guh from round de place do!

    Easy so, deficit smoked out.

  2. Greengiant September 15, 2017 at 1:57 am

    Then we hear that some police get charge for eating and drinking out the deficit money? Then we have to be looking for officers to replace the ones fired? lol

  3. Richard Braithwaite
    Richard Braithwaite September 15, 2017 at 2:45 am

    Concentrate on gun crime ! Don’t worry about a little bit of spliff. ! This is nonsense .!!

    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba September 15, 2017 at 7:34 am

      yes the guns coke etc etc

    • Belfast September 15, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      If we had concentrate on these little “nonsenses”, before. Perhaps we would be in the position we now find ourselves in.
      Get away with a little nonsense infraction today, and tomorrow try for a bigger one.

  4. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams September 15, 2017 at 3:02 am

    Still adding the offenders type of employment when it bears no relevance to the crime committed. You cats really know how to increase the unemployment line. What you do will surely come back to you.

  5. Natalie Brathwaite
    Natalie Brathwaite September 15, 2017 at 3:51 am

    Barbados Needs to get up to the time.. Most of North America has decriminalized Cannabis especially under a certain amount.. How can BIM want to Illegally search a man.. Without a warrant and charge him for “Weed” in his pockets.. I’m sure if Barbados started drug testing Government officials.. People of power. They’d find traces of Drugs in Atleast 60% of the people.. This 1st offender was not selling drugs.. Nor stealing.. And his name is all over the Barbados paper and Internet.. BARBADOS y’all doing too Much.. This should not be news.. Yes Our country is great & we’d like to keep it that way.. But you cannot Ostracize YOUR citizens by Shaming them for these little type of Offenses.. He didn’t have pounds.. Kilos of Coke.. Heroine nor a Gun.. HE HAD WEED for Christsake! I’m sorry but this Article was a waste of time.. I’m just sayin’

  6. Richard Braithwaite
    Richard Braithwaite September 15, 2017 at 5:11 am

    Well Said Natalie Brathwaite …! I totally agree …

  7. Dawn-Marie Rawlins
    Dawn-Marie Rawlins September 15, 2017 at 6:31 am

    I am wondering if the police strategy is to shame the small man and scare him/her into not buying the weed thus cutting the demand for it??? I only see small fish getting fried, is it that the big fish are protected by some type of fishing agreement??

    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba September 15, 2017 at 7:26 am

      a lot of dem on the big fish payroll

  8. Alex Alleyne September 15, 2017 at 9:08 am

    “You know how it is when you partying”…….. Smoking weed in BIM is seen as a image enhancer”.
    Lil community service is ok, I am not one for putting people in Jail “willy-nilly”.

  9. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce September 15, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Some people just LOVE punishing themselves.


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