A 27-year-old, first-time drug offender came close to being jailed Thursday.
Ronaldo Ramon Irvin Browne of Block 3E, Factory Avenue, Wildey, St Michael pleaded guilty before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the No.1 District ‘A’ Criminal Court to possession of nine grease paper wrappers of cannabis on July 26, 2017.
A remorseful Browne said he used the drug at night to help him sleep, but was trying to quit his marijuana habit.
“I got to stop using it. I got seven years working and I can’t afford to lose my job,” he told the magistrate after he was nabbed during a police patrol of the Pine, St Michael on the day in question.
However, Frederick was not moved by the accused man’s show of penitence and threatened to make him feel the full weight of the criminal justice system.
“You didn’t know that you wanted to keep your job before you started using drugs. You are destined to be a paro. You can’t see it? Look at yourself. Continue on this path and you would end up eating from the garbage.
“Your face is already starting to show it. It seems that you have been working very hard to get to this court, so congrats you have arrived. You want to see what being a criminal is all about? Have a seat and let me see if I am going to send you up,” Frederick said.
In response, Browne promised the magistrate that his drug use days were behind him and pleaded with Frederick to show leniency.
Instead of jail time as threatened, the magistrate ordered Browne to 120 hours of community service and promised that if he did it well, no conviction would be recorded when he returns to court on October 20, 2017.