After being held with cannabis, Dane Raheem Phillips pleaded with the arresting officer to give him a chance.
And while that officer didn’t prove to be very forgiving, Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant extended an olive branch to the first-time offender today.
When he appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today, the 22-year-old, of #744, Kingsland Terrace, Christ Church, was sentenced to 120 hours of community service after admitting to having the illegal drug in his possession on Sunday.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Cameron Gibbons had earlier told the court that lawmen were patrolling Bibbys Lane when they had reason to stop and search the accused.
When they searched his right front pants pocket they found 28 transparent Ziplock bags which contained vegetable matter.
“I does smoke. Give me a chance,” was his response when asked to give an account of the drugs.
After he apologized to the court and begged for leniency, Cuffy-Sergeant chose not to fine or incarcerate him.
She gave him until October 12 to complete the community service.