A self-professed recovering drug addict got a lucky break today when he appeared in the No.1 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court charged with possession of a dangerous weapon and possession of cocaine paraphernalia.
Anthony Elislo Rogers, 51, of Fairfield Cross Road, Tudor Bridge pleaded guilty to both offences, which occurred on January 1, 2018.
In outlining the facts of the case, the prosecutor said that on the day in question, Rogers was spotted by police, in the middle of the street, shouting and using abusive language. A subsequent body search turned up a ten-inch knife, as well as the drug apparatus.
However, Rogers begged Magistrate Douglas Frederick not to put him in prison, arguing that he was on the verge of turning his life around and that his incapacitated mother needed his help at home.
“I don’t want to go to prison, I have a job Sir, and I am not smoking like before. My mother can’t really do anything for herself, so I have to be there to help her,” he pleaded.
Noting that Rogers had not been in trouble with the law since 2009, Fredericks opted to convict, reprimand and discharge the accused on the matter pertaining to the knife. He also placed him on a six-month bond to keep the peace.
Failure to comply with the order would result in him spending three months in prison.