Two police witnesses in an illegal drugs case received a tongue-lashing today for failing to show up in court.
When the case involving 41-year-old David Alexander Maynard of Gunsite Road, Brittons Hill, St Michael was called, police prosecutor Sergeant Neville Reid informed Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant that constables Sirphene Carrington and Henderson Forde were not present as required.
A visibly upset Cuffy-Sargeant was told by the prosecutor that Forde had an incident yesterday and was being treated at the dentist “as we speak”.
However, the magistrate was not happy with that explanation and made known her displeasure, telling the prosecutor to let his colleague know that common courtesy dictates that he ought to have informed the court.
She also sent a strong message to Carrington, who is attached to the Drug Squad. The police constable was slapped with an official warning, after Sergeant Reid said he had no explanation of her absence.
Hearing of the case was adjourned until September 27 at 11 a.m.
Maynard faces a total of nine charges, dating back to October 7, 2012. Six of them involve cannabis and the others cocaine. They include possession, possession with intent to supply and trafficking of the drugs.
He allegedly committed similar offences with cannabis on March 30, 2013.