Dowell chooses suspended sentence over fine

Sixty-one-year-old Shirlon McDonald Dowell got a golden opportunity today after pleading guilty to two charges under the Drug Offences Act. But if he doesn’t keep himself out of trouble, it could come back to haunt him.

The Bedford Lane, Roebuck Street, St Michael resident admitted that he had a small quantity of cannabis in his possession on February 16, as well as apparatus for the misuse of cocaine.

Police on patrol found the drug paraphernalia – a small bottle – on Dowell when they saw him trying to conceal something under a table in a shed where he was sitting.

“I sorry,” he told lawmen when a search at the police station uncovered the drug in the pocket of his jacket. “I ain’t believe I left that weed in there.”

Today, however, Dowell told Magistrate Douglas Frederick he was “not really hooked on cocaine”.

He explained that he was a steel bender who had been working on a house sporadically for the past seven months and would have between $800 and $900 at the end of the month.

However, when given the choice by Frederick, Dowell decided on a suspended sentence instead of paying a fine.

If he finds himself in trouble with the law within the next six months and is found guilty, he will spend an automatic six months at HMP Dodds.

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