Jaquan Stoute narrowly avoided a prison sentence after pleading guilty to possession of cannabis, as well as wearing a camouflage pants in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court today.
Magistrate Douglas Frederick was still in the Christmas spirit however, and sentenced him to 240 hours of community service for possession of the drug, while reprimanding and discharging him for wearing the camouflage.
It was the first offence committed by the 18-year-old resident of Marlhole Gap, Howells Road, St Michael.
In handing down his ruling, Magistrate Frederick said it was his job to ensure that first time offenders were given a chance.
“First timers have to be given a chance or else our jails would be full,” he admitted.
Prosecutor Sergeant Neville Watson recounted how police were on patrol in the Marlhole around 8:20 p.m. last night when they saw Stoute dressed in a pair of camouflage pants.
Upon seeing the police, he also began to fidget with his left pocket.
The police approached him and Stoute consented to a search. He was found with two paper wrappings containing cannabis in his pockets and admitted to having the drug for his own personal use.
He was arrested and charged.