A 54-year-old drug accused who ended up at HMP Dodds last Monday after being unable to secure a surety to post his bail, has changed his plea.
When Albert Peter Yearwood, of Garden Land, Country Road, St Michael, made his first appearance in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court, he pleaded guilty to possession and cultivation of cannabis, but told the court he was not guilty of possession with intent to supply or trafficking the illicit drug.
However, when he made his second appearance before Magistrate Douglas Frederick recently, Yearwood admitted to all the charges.
The court heard that a search warrant was executed at his residence on December 11 and 33 hatchling plants were found in the yard, and he admitted they were his.
The plants weighed 18 grammes and had an estimated $90 street value.
However, Yearwood, who is known to the law courts for matters of a different nature, told the court: “I had it in my possession. My house is like a dump and I wanted to . . . uplift my house and put a proper roof over my head.”
But Magistrate Frederick cautioned him about his approach of growing the illegal drug to sell.
“You don’t do things that will get you in a worse position. You are not going to develop yourself with drugs; you are only going to bring yourself down,” he told Yearwood.
On the charge of cultivation, the magistrate imposed a $1,000 fine which Yearwood must pay in three months or face an alternative of six months in prison.
“Look for something more constructive to do,” Frederick advised Yearwood as he left the dock.