Greenidge changes plea after three years of denial

A St Michael drug accused who had been maintaining his innocence for more than three years threw in the towel.

Jaleel Radi Saabir Greenidge, of Greenfield, Roebuck Street, pleaded guilty before Magistrate Douglas Frederick to having $40 worth of the illicit substance. The drugs were found in a cereal bowl in his bedroom when police executed a search warrant at his residence on December 27, 2014.

Greenidge admitted to lawmen then that the 7.5 grammes of cannabis belonged to him.

He told Frederick he had maintained a not guilty plea because he was not working, but said he was now employed and seeking to travel in the near future.

“I want to get this over with,” he said.

But the magistrate pointed out to Greenidge that if he had not wasted the court’s time, he would have long completed the community service which would have been imposed on him as a first-time offender.

Greenidge has 80 hours of community service to complete by April 13 if he wants to keep his criminal record clean.

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