An 18-year-old, who begged for chance at drug rehabilitation but was “dishonest” in his interview with an official from Verdun House, was today remanded to prison.
Magistrate Douglas Frederick had sent Antonio Darren Smith, of Spruce Street, Nelson Street, St Michael, to the Psychiatric Hospital for assessment three weeks ago after he requested help for his drug addiction.
However, when Smith, who had also pleaded guilty to having apparatus for the misuse of cocaine, was interviewed by a Verdun House official, he did not fit the criteria for drug rehabilitation.
“He has been dishonest right through the interview and wants to change for his mother and all his friends, [but] not for himself and that is not the criteria,” the official reported to Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today, adding, “he is not ready”.
In light of that testimony, the prosecutor, Sergeant Cameron Gibbons, suggested that Smith be remanded to Dodds prison to reappear before Frederick, who had initially adjudicated his case.
However, Smith maintained that he was telling the truth.
“What I was telling him is what I know,” he stressed before he was sent off to jail.
Smith will reappear in court on December 4.