Despite efforts to convince Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant not to send him to prison, Hayden Leroy Coggins still ended up catching a ride back to HMP Dodds on the prison bus.
The unemployed 48-year-old man from 3rd Avenue Skeetes Road, Ivy, St Michael was remanded to the penal institution after pleading guilty to possession, intent to supply and trafficking cannabis on April 20, 2016 when he appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court.
He will return to court on May 3 to answer another charge and also to be sentenced.
Coggins’ earlier pleas for a fine to be imposed on him fell on deaf ears.
“Maam, I am looking to pay a fine. I have two children to support and I wouldn’t like to go to jail. I am very sorry to the court and to the police officers and I would really like a fine,” he had told the court.
But after making a quick check of the court records and finding out that Coggins had to return to court on May 3 on another unrelated charge, Cuffy-Sargeant remanded him until that date.
The court had earlier heard from police prosecutor Sargeant Neville Reid that police were on patrol in Mayers Avenue, the Ivy, St Michael at around 4:25 p.m. when they observed the accused removing a black plastic bag from his pocket.
He looked in their direction and ran, but was pursued by police who also saw him drop the plastic bag.
Coggins was subsequently apprehended and the bag was retrieved. It was found to contain 41 greaseproof wrappings.
When asked to account for the illegal drugs, he responded, “That aint my weed. I only had one spliff.”
The drugs weighed 20 grams and had a street value of $200.