A 54-year-old man must be on his best behaviour for the next six months if he wants to avoid spending time behind bars at HMP Dodds.
Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant imposed the six-month bond on Michael Gladstone Callendar over the weekend after he appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on three drug charges.
Callendar, who was recorded as having no fixed place of abode, pleaded guilty to possession, possession with intent to supply, and possession of a trafficable quantity of cocaine.
According to police prosecutor Sergeant Cameron Gibbons, lawmen were conducting an operation in the Goodland, St Michael area when they saw the accused. He was stopped and a search was requested, which he consented to, and a vial containing a crystalized substance was found in his pants pocket. Callendar was asked to give an account for it and he admitted knowledge and ownership of the illicit drug, which weighed 5.42 grammes and had an estimated street value of $82.
“I am guilty as charged, Ma’am. I ask the court for leniency in this matter, seeing that I had it for my own use,” Callendar said. “I put myself at the mercy of the court.”
Asked why he had no fixed place of abode, Callendar responded that while he lived on the streets, he had a house and he gave the magistrate the address.
If he breaches the bond imposed on him, he will spend two months in prison.
In another case before Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant over the weekend, a 50-year-old man was not required to plead to two indictable charges.
Andrew Hamilton Thomas, of Headley Road, Deacons Road, St Michael is accused of entering the home of Augustus Skeete as a trespasser on December 19, 2016, with intent to commit serious bodily harm and at the time had with him a cutlass.
It is also alleged that the unemployed man assaulted the same man on the same date, occasioning him actual bodily harm.
Thomas was not required to plead to the charges and with no objections to bail from the prosecutor he was released on $8,000 bail which he secured with one surety.
However, his freedom came with conditions. He now has to report to the Black Rock Police Station every Tuesday and Friday before noon with valid identification, and he was warned to stay away from Skeete and his property.
Thomas is scheduled to make his second appearance in the District ‘A’ Criminal Court on September 13.