Magistrate Douglas Frederick this afternoon ordered a pre-sentencing report for a 24-year-old man who pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of cannabis.
Shane Ismael of Bridge Gap, Black Rock, St Michael was stopped by police while riding his bicycle on Tudor Street this morning at around 6 o’clock and a marijuana cigarette was found in his possession.
The court was told that when officers asked him to account for it, he replied, “I got dat herb from a friend when I was up by my father.”
Police later executed a search warrant at his home and said they found enough cannabis to make a cigarette. They estimated the total street value of both items at $725.
When asked by the magistrate if he wanted to say anything about the drugs, Ismael said, “I shouldn’t uh had it on me.”
It was then that the presiding judicial officer reminded him that more drugs were found at his home.
To that he responded, “[I shouldn’t have had] none at all”.
The magistrate continued to engage the soft-spoken Ismael about other aspects of his life such as what work he did and with whom he lived.
“I doing construction. I lay off now . . . . . I was building a house,” he said, adding that his mother asked him to leave her place and he was now living with a friend.
“I live by my friend who I used to work with him,” he continued.
Magistrate Frederick queried why his mother had asked him to leave her house and his reply was: “I never asked.”
The magistrate then ordered him to go to the Probation Department on Roebuck Street, The City to have a pre-sentencing report prepared before his return to court on June 28.