“There wasn’t any work.”
That was the reason given today by Kyle Karlis Ambrose Bowen for being in possession of a quantity of cannabis.
Pleading guilty to four counts, Bowen told the District “A” Magistrates’ Court that he usually does landscaping but had been unable to secure employment in recent times.
“My girl pregnant, Sir, and I wanted to contribute really bad to any financing,” he sought to explain.
He was found in possession of seven greaseproof wrappers, and three Ziploc bags containing cannabis by a police unit patrolling the Down Hill Drive, Eden Lodge, St Michael area yesterday. The drugs had a street value of $73.20.
Police later executed a search warrant at Bowen’s home, where 55 grammes of vegetable matter was found, worth $275.
“I made a bad decision to get into that, Sir, to sell drugs. I made bad choice,” the accused said.
Magistrate Douglas Frederick then asked: “Are you a drug man?”
The accused replied that he was not. He however went on to explain that he had sold and been a user some years back.
A search showed that Bowen was not known to the court and Frederick imposed 240 hours of community service as his sentence.
But after some dialogue between the accused and the magistrate, it was revealed that he had previously done such service.
As such, it was revoked and instead he was fined $1,000 forthwith for possession with intent to supply or three months imprisonment. He also has to repay his surety the amount.
The 27-year-old unemployed, Lodge Crescent, St Michael resident was also placed on a six months bond for trafficking. If in breach, he faces three months imprisonment.
He was reprimanded and discharged on the two separate counts of possession.