A St Michael teen will have to find time from his work schedule to complete 200 hours of community service imposed by a Bridgetown court yesterday.
Roy Rogers, 19, of Kew Road, Bank Hall, St Michael was found guilty of possession of a small quantity of cannabis. The charge stems from his December 14, 2013 arrest while he was attempting to join a pleasure cruise onboard the Jolly Roger.
It was there that a marine unit officer noticed Rogers, who was wearing a black jacket, fidgeting. The officer requested a search to which the accused said “go ahead”.
It was during the search that a “clear plastic bag containing brown vegetable matter suspected to be cannabis” was found in the jacket pocket.
When ask to account for the substance, Rogers revealed that he forgot that the plastic bag was in his pocket. However, he pleaded not guilty for possession.
After Acting Police Station Sergeant Glenville Alleyne who is attached to the marine unit recounted those facts, the accused was asked if he had any questions for the witness. He replied: “I have no questions.”
It was then that Magistrate Douglas Frederick, presiding in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court, found him guilty of possession, saying that he had “wasted the [Court’s] time with his not guilty plea.
“I did not know the procedure, Sir,” said the teenager who is a first time offender and was sentenced to serve 200 hours of community service.