For taking 1.22 grammes of cannabis on board the Jolly Roger, Desron Demonie Simon now has to perform 120 hours of community service as his sentence by the court.
The 23-year-old first time offender of Bullen’s Avenue, Dalkeith, St Michael pleaded guilty to the charge yesterday when he appeared in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court.
According to the facts, as presented by the prosecutor, police were summoned to the pleasure boat following reports of bad behaviour and the use of drugs by some patrons.
Simon, a carpenter, was arrested after police found a white plastic wrapping with the drug in his possession. The illegal substance had a $10 street value.
“I bought it from a man by the bridge,” he told police when questioned.
Appearing before Magistrate Douglas Frederick, Simon was asked to repeat the sign seen when boarding the boat. “No smoking, no illegal drugs, no firearms,” he replied.
The magistrate then asked why, after seeing the sign, he still proceeded to take the illegal substance on the vessel. “Sir, it was for the enjoyment,” Simon replied.
Frederick warned the young man that he was destroying his creativity by using the drug and urged him to focus on doing positive things.
“Don’t degrade your aspirations for this drug,” Frederick advised.