A 22-year-old Christ Church man has been placed on a six months bond after refusing court-assisted rehabilitation for his drug addiction.
Jamar Kemar Waldron of Hannays, was arrested and charged on September 25 with possession of an apparatus in connection with the misuse of cocaine.
He pleaded guilty to the offence when he appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the No 1 District ‘A’ Criminal Court today.
In presenting the facts, police prosecutor Sergeant Neville Watson revealed that the accused man was taken into custody and a search of his person conducted.
During that search, police found a retrofitted bottle with a truncated bottom, which was blackened at the top and also had white reside on it.
The police then told Waldron of their suspicion of the white substance to which the accused man allegedly said: “I use that to smoke my thing.”
In arguing for a fine to be imposed on her client, Waldron’s attorney Danielle Mottley explained that Waldron had not wasted the court’s time in entering a guilty plea.
“He is sorry for his action . . . and I ask for leniency on his behalf . . . and I ask that a fine be imposed,” Mottley said.
However, the magistrate said he did not believe that a fine was in Waldron’s best interest at this time.
“What problems are you facing and what can we do to help?” the magistrate asked, adding, “Our objective today is to help you. You are doing some good things in your life, but you are also doing some bad things to yourself.”
Waldron then disclosed that he had been introduced to cocaine by a friend and had been using it to help with some stressful problems.
“But after the high gone you still find yourself back on the problem . . . the drug is addictive and I don’t want to be hooked on this. I was trying to get some help at [the Psychiatric Hospital in] Black Rock [St Michael] but it was full,” said Waldron, who also revealed that he was currently getting help at another institution.
“When it comes to cocaine, if you do not try to help yourself, no one will help you,” he added.
Frederick then asked him if he wanted the court to assist him with the necessary help. The magistrate however cautioned Waldron, he would need to give up a bit of his freedom by spending sometime at the Psychiatric Hospital in order to receive the necessary assessment.
However, while Waldron said he wanted the help, he was not willing to lose his freedom.
“You are not ready for rehab yet,” Frederick said, after a lengthy conversation with the accused man.
The magistrate then placed Waldron on a bond to keep the peace for six months. If breached, he will spend six months in jail at HMP Dodds.
“Then you will get the drug rehab in prison,” Fredrick warned.