Shawn Anthony Butcher will call the Psychiatric Hospital home for the holiday season.
The order came from Bridgetown Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant after the 30-year-old Industry Road, Bush Hall, St Michael resident pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine.
The court heard that police were on patrol on Suttle Street, St Michael when they spotted Butcher, who was walking with another man, carrying a bag on his back.
On seeing the officer, his entire body reportedly shook as he attempted to remove the bag. The police requested a search, to which Butcher consented, and a piece of crystallized substance was found in a transparent plastic bag wrapped in a red sweater.
He admitted knowledge and possession of the cocaine.
However, Butcher told the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court that he was forced, at knifepoint, to hold the illegal substance.
“The individual I was seen with, he had robbed me of $131 at knifepoint. He ordered me to put the red sweater in my bag and said not to say nothing and we walked . . . to Suttle Street were we both were apprehended,” he said. “But I do take responsibility that the drug was found in my possession.”
The cocaine weighed 0.5 grammes and had a $20 estimated street value.
The magistrate remanded Butcher to the Black Rock, St Michael institution for observation, after he admitted to having a drug problem.
He returns to court on December 28.