For the second time this year, Shamario Stephen Leon-Walters came before the law court today for drugs.
The Black Rock Main Road, St Michael resident returned before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court, where he admitted having 1.40 grammes of cannabis in his possession.
Police were in the area of Rosemont when they saw someone sitting under a shed. While the others ran off, 17-year-old Leon-Walters began fidgeting with one of his pockets.
He was searched and two greaseproof wrappings were found in his pocket. He later told police it was “just a lil’ joint I had”.
The teen had been put on 18 months’ probation in January this year, after having drugs in his possession. Since that probation was breached by today’s offence, the previous alternative kicked in and he was fined $750 forthwith, with an alternative of a month in prison. The fine was paid.
During the court proceedings, Magistrate Frederick asked the teenager’s mother if she had spoken to her son about his drug use. The woman replied: “How many times?”
“The problem is that you have too much free time on your hands,” said the magistrate.
“Tell me what is happening with you that you keep using the drugs,” he urged.
“Today is my friend birthday so I just had a drink wid he and a lil’ thing,” Leon-Walters replied.
In sentencing for the current offence, Magistrate Frederick placed him on a bond to keep the peace for one year. If he breaches that, he will be going to prison.
“If you come back here, you will be going to prison for a month because you seem to want a little taste. Your mother won’t be paying any money next time.”