Some ‘time to reflect’ allowed a young man to escape a fine or possible jail time today.
Dale Vashton Rouse, 25, of 7th Avenue New Orleans, St Michael pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis when he appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court.
But when asked if he had anything to say, the first-time offender immediately responded, “No, I don’t have anything to say”.
The surprised magistrate then asked him if he was sure he didn’t have anything to say to the court, to which Rouse once again replied ‘no’.
It prompted Cuffy-Sargeant to order him to “sit on the bench and think about it”.
When he returned to the dock 45 minutes later, the young man quickly apologized for his actions.
“I am sorry for my mistake and it will never happen again,” Rouse said.
The magistrate then sentenced him to 120 hours of community service, released him on $2,000 bail and ordered him to return to court on May 6.
According to police prosecutor Sergeant Neville Reid, police were on patrol in New Orleans yesterday when they saw Rouse liming with a group of men.
In stopping to speak to them, police noticed the accused acting suspiciously and clutching his hand.
He agreed to a search and police found one greaseproof wrapping of vegetable matter in his hand.
The drugs weighed one gramme and had a street value of $5.