A first time drug offender was given an opportunity to have his slate wiped clean when he appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court today.
Corey Kellman, 31, of Block 7J, Silver Hill, Christ Church was ordered to pay $350 in costs to the court, before being reprimanded and discharged after pleading guilty to possession of cannabis.
However, Frederick told the taxi driver this was a courtesy he extended only to first timers, and warned him that if returned before him he would not be as lenient.
Kellman assured the Magistrate he would kick the illegal habit.
According to prosecutor Sergeant Neville Watson, police were on patrol in the wee hours of this morning when they stopped the taxi in which Kellman was driving after noticing suspicious activity.
After conducting a search, they found one greaseproof wrapping containing cannabis in his pants pocket. When asked to account for the drug, Kellman told the officers: “This is my weed that I smoke sometimes.”
He was arrested and charged.