A St Michael man was sentenced to 140 hours of community service after he was found guilty of possession of cannabis.
The charge against Mario Kareem Cumberbatch of Yearwood Road, Black Rock, St Michael, dates back to July 13, 2016.
Today, the court heard testimony from the final witness in the case who said that he had tried to warn Cumberbatch, who was aboard a cruise when the offence was reportedly committed, that security guards were coming and that he should put out his cigarette as it was a no smoking cruise.
However, a cannabis wrapping was subsequently found in the vicinity of a Rastafarian couple, who pointed the accusing finger at the defendant.
“The security guard come and rough him up and then he [the guard] looked on the ground and saw something between [Cumberbatch] and the Rasta woman and saying that is Mario own [but] I know for sure he ain’t had nothing on him,” the witness testified in the No.2 Magistrates’ court this morning. However, under cross examination prosecutor Sergeant Rudy Pilgrim, the witness admitted that he was not in the company of the defendant all day; therefore he could not say with certainty that Cumberbatch did not have drugs in his possession.
Before handing down a guilty verdict, Magistrate Douglas Frederick told the accused that his witness lacked credibility.
“Your witness has no credibility, he knows that you were not supposed to smoke on the cruise and therefore warned you when the security was coming. He was willing to condone you in your wrongdoing. It is like seeing a cockroach on a piece of macaroni; I would throw away the entire plate of macaroni, not just the one,” he said.
Cumberbatch is required to complete the 140 hours in three months time.