Arguing that he is not a “bad person”, drug offender Orlando Ricardo Martin got “first time treatment” from magistrate Douglas Frederick.
The 18-year-old of 2nd Avenue Bibby’s Lane, St Michael was ordered to perform 240 hours of community service after he pleaded guilty to possession of two grammes of cannabis worth $10.
According to the facts read by the prosecutor, Martin, who was standing near the Main Guard along Tudor Street, tried to conceal a white cigarette in his hand as police approached him.
Following an agreed search, he was asked to account for the cigarette and said: “I just get that.”
A further search found another white wrapped cigarette in a bag, which he was carrying.
“That is mine,” he admitted. However, he told the District “A” Magistrates’ Court that he had only just started using the drug but did not have a valid reason.
Frederick took issue with the location in which Martin was found with the drug.
“You are disrespectful because you are right in front of the Main Guard using the drug. You were not hiding, so this is disrespect,” he lamented.
“You are not a bad fella but you are going the wrong road, so I will help you. I am going to give you community service.”
The accused, who is a general worker ,was also urged to learn a trade, and “don’t use drugs and don’t buy it”.