A St John man with 60 previous convictions, but who claimed to be trying his best to reform, was shown some leniency today when he appeared in the No.1 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court charged with marijuana possession and assaulting a police officer.
Peter Emmerson Haynes pleaded guilty to possession of the illegal drug on January 2, 2018.
However, he was not required to plead to the charge of assaulting Police Constable 1846 on January 3, 2018, because the incident allegedly took place in the jurisdiction of the Oistins Magistrates’ Court.
In presenting the facts of the case, the prosecutor, Station Sergeant Neville Reid, told the court that Haynes, who was a suspect in another matter, was taken into lawful custody and during a search of his person, the illegal drug, valued at five dollars, was found.
However, Haynes said he was trying desperately to clean up his act, while pointing out to the magistrate that he had not been in trouble for almost a year now.
“Sir I really trying hard, I am a conductor on a bus. I ain’t give trouble in a year now and that is a long time for me. The police even accuse me of a double murder, but when they check my hands was clean,” Haynes said.
In response, Magistrate Douglas Frederick told the accused man: “You have so many convictions already, this one shouldn’t really make a difference.”
He then convicted, reprimanded and discharged him on the drug charge.
Haynes was also granted $1500 bail on the assault charge and ordered to return to court on January 10, 2018.