A 48-year-old man, of no fixed place of abode, will be able to call HMP Dodds his home for the next six months.
Magistrate Douglas Frederick handed down the sentence to Sydwin Antonio Inniss today after he pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and apparatus for the misuse of the drug.
According to Station Sergeant Neville Reid, lawmen were on patrol along Suttle Street, St Michael when they observed Inniss sitting in a wooden structure in the area of the Sanitation Service Authority.
As they approached they realized that he had a small bottle in one hand near his mouth with an ignited lighter at the bottom.
When they identified themselves, he dropped the drug paraphernalia and it was recovered.
“That is my pipe,” he told police at the time. A further search found the bottle contained two crystalline rocks stuck in a wire mesh fitted to the bottle.
“I was jus dey smoking my dope man,” he said when asked to account for the drug in his possession.
Today Inniss told the magistrate he began using the illegal substance back in school whenever he was feeling depressed.
Since then he had tried to kick the habit by going to the Psychiatric Hospital. However, Inniss said he was now hearing about Verdun House, but the magistrate explained that he did not qualify for that programme.
He was therefore sentenced for the cocaine offence and convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the apparatus charge.