A desperate plea by Gary Dimitri Riley to let him spend Christmas with his family fell on deaf ears as Magistrate Douglas Frederick remanded him to HMP Dodds for the next 28 days for possessing cocaine paraphernalia.
The 30-year-old Riley, of no fixed place of abode, was arrested on Nelson Street, The City on Saturday for having a small glass bottle containing cocaine residue.
“Officer, it is my pipe. I does smoke dope. Give me a break, I want to stay home with my mother for Christmas,” he reportedly told the officer who arrested him.
Even as he pleaded guilty, he repeated his appeal, this time to the magistrate, and asked for help to overcome his addiction.
However, Frederick, after taking a look at Riley’s previous convictions, concluded that the accused was not ready to change.
Riley fought back, telling the magistrate while he wanted to be convicted, he was prepared to do what was necessary to kick the drug habit.
“Yes Sir, I am willing,” Riley said, but added, “I want to get a conviction because I want to get back to my life.”
He is expected to know his fate on January 8 when he returns to the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.