A 26-year-old public service vehicle (PSV) conductor has pleaded guilty to possession, possession with intent to supply and trafficking of $80 worth of cannabis.
Cardinal Courtney Webster, of 1st Avenue, Thorpes, St James, was reportedly seeking to board the ‘7-11’ cruise aboard the Harbour Master on December 17 when the illicit substance was discovered in his pocket.
However, it was an unpaid court fine which cost Webster his freedom yesterday.
Magistrate Douglas Frederick discovered an outstanding amount of $600, which dates back to 2014, while reviewing Webster’s conviction card.
And though a friend of the accused, who was present in court, willingly volunteered to go to the Holetown Magistrates’ Court to pay the money, shortly after he left, it was further revealed that the actual sum owing was $2,200.
“You had a lot of time to pay the money and you didn’t. I send a big man down [to Holetown] to pay $600 when you knew it was a waste of time,” the magistrate said, in openly chastising Webster, who responded that he was not working at the time.
He was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the drug charges, but has to spend a month at Dodds prison.