Presenting the facts, police prosecutor Station Sergeant Neville Watson told the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court that police executed a search warrant at Williams’ St. Stephens Hill, Black Rock, St Michael home.
In the process, the officers found a plastic bag with marijuana in it, inside a pants pocket. They also came across a grinder with marijuana inside. Williams admitted knowledge of both small quantities.
During her mitigation, attorney-at-law Angella Mitchell-Gittens told the court that her client’s early guilty plea had not only saved judicial time but had also given insight into Williams’ mind.
“He has taken full responsibility even after he was made aware there would be consequences,” she told the court.
The defence lawyer said the 22-year-old had no prior convictionsand up to recently when he was laid off, had worked at a plant nursery. He now works periodically, she said.
Mitchell-Gittens also pointed out that the quantum suggested that Williams had the ganja for personal use and “not for financial gain which would have been a more aggravating factor.”
In questioning Williams, Magistrate Frederick wanted to know if he had bought the cannabis.
Williams said he found and got it off a tree.
“Oh, you are a nursery man so you would know about plants,” the magistrate replied.
“So you are not going to stop smoking this,” he questioned further.
“I will stop from today,” Williams replied.
The first-time offender was given 110 hours of community service to perform and will return to court on January 29, 2016.