Two Christ Church men, who squandered their opportunites for drug rehabilitation at Verdun House, were remanded to prison today.
Michael Omar Kirton, 27, of Breedy’s Land, Silver Sands and Joshua Caled Jackson, 18, of Pegwell Boggs, were given the opportunity to attend the programme on different occasions after telling Oistins Magistrate Elwood Watts that they would like some help in dealing with their drug problems.
They had made the submissions after appearing in court previously on criminal charges.
However, when the two appeared in court today it was before Acting Magistrate Alliston Seale.
The prosecutor, Station Sergeant Rudolph Burnett, informed the magistrate that Kirton had been charged with a number of offences and had explained that he was under the influence of drugs when he committed the acts.
The officer also revealed that Kirton was already half way through the programme when he tested positive during a random drug test.
In Jackson’s case, Burnett explained that teenager had also requested help but then an incident occurred in which both he and Kirton were developed as suspects.
As such the prosecutor asked that the two be remanded into custody as they were in breach of their conditions for Verdun.
Magistrate Seale took the two to task for squandering the opportunity given to them.
“You’ll think people stupid. Whenever I sit down on the bench everybody wants help. . . . ‘ I want help, I got drugs in my system. . . send me to Verdun or psychi’, that has become an excuse,” Seale said, while lamenting that such persons were not serious about kicking their habits.
“You’ll are barely trying to trick the system and your parents. Everybody that comes with a number of charges [says], ‘drugs made me do that’[and while] it may be so. . . you’ll don’t really want help. You’ll playing the fool,” the magistrate added.
He also complained that there were people who wanted a real opportunity and could not get in to drug rehabilitation because there were just a few halfway houses in the country, which were bursting at the seams.
“So we can only take on serious applicants, persons who really want the help. We can only deal with those. So when people come and play the fool we have to weed them out early,” Seale said, as he remanded the men to prison until January 17.