A strong smell of marijuana coming from the stalls near the Nursery Drive Terminal led to the arrest of two men yesterday.
One had to spend the night in jail after Magistrate Douglas Frederick summoned someone from his family to “take responsibility” for him while the other was placed on a bond for six months.
Javan Omario Gamble, 21, has no fixed place of abode and is unemployed. He was among a group of men when police approached the area and asked about a bag. Gamble admitted that he owned the bag, which contained six grammes of cannabis with a street value of $30.
Pleading guilty to the offence he said: “I know what I did was wrong and it was illegal . . . [but] I was just holding the seeds for a fella, so he can feed them to his birds, he got some parrots and things.”
Frederick countered: “We have heard all types of excuses.”
However, what was more worrying for the magistrate was the fact that the accused was living in an abandoned house for the past year.
“We need to find somebody who can hold responsibility for you. That’s a recipe for disaster because you are slipping through the cracks and I need to help you.
“. . .You can’t live that way . . . you will find yourself in trouble,” the magistrate said.
Meantime, his co-accused 38-year-old Kerry Wade Walthurst, who also has no fixed place of abode, was charged with possession of a black flip knife.
“The lady and me had a little fight and I left about a week ago and took certain things from the house. [I am asking for] a little leniency from the court,” Walthurst who is medically unfit for work said.
“I have children and they are more important than me renting a house,” he added.
After getting a lecture about the basic needs of food, water and shelter, Frederick advised Walthurst that he needed to get his life in order.
“You lousing about the place. You can’t louse about the place so. That is no excuse,” the magistrate stressed.
If the accused breaches his bond he will spend three months behind bars.