Although he had just pleaded guilty to having marijuana in his possession, Olvan Jefferson Ricardo Bascombe’s mitigation was good enough to earn a compliment from a Bridgetown magistrate today.
Bascombe, of #41 M&M Court, Rendezvous, Christ Church admitted to Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant that he had a small amount of the illegal drug on February 1.
Station Sergeant Irvin Kellman told the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court that police who were on duty at 1st Avenue Forde’s Road, Clapham, Christ Church saw Bascombe sitting on a bench, holding a bag.
When the officers searched it, they found a small transparent bag carrying marijuana seeds, pushed inside a bottle. They also found a metal container with a small amount of compressed marijuana in it.
When police asked the 32-year-old man about the cannabis, Bascombe replied: “I was supposed to get rid of that. I didn’t even remember it in there.”
Addressing the court, Bascombe told
Cuffy-Sargeant that he was “presently gainfully employed doing welding” and was “trying to get two other jobs”.
“I would like to take this situation as a positive note and I would like to improve in the future,” Bascombe said that he desired to switch from that lifestyle “for the betterment” of himself.
His remarks caused Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant and Station Sergeant Kellman to comment on his eloquence.
“I almost feel like clapping . . . It is not often that you hear accused putting over themselves like that,” Kellman commented.
“You have a good grasp of the English language,” the magistrate observed, “but the question remains, ‘why?’”
She subsequently referred Bascombe to the Probation Office with a view to his performing community service.
He returns to court on February 4 and remains on $1,000 bail until then.