Davidson Dailey, upon seeing a police officer approach him, threw the cannabis cigarette over the bridge. Dailey pleaded guilty to obstruction under the drugs act before Chief Magistrate Evelina Baptiste yesterday.
According to the facts of the case presented by the prosecutor, Constable J. Cornelius was on mobile patrol in that area when he spotted the defendant walking with the lighted “spliff” in the vicinity.
When he was approached by the officer, Dailey said: “Officer I just stretching my leg over the bridge…”
“I just wake up… A little weed I have there to free up my head in the morning,” Dailey added.
He was then informed of his offense and cautioned to which he replied, “Jah Rastafari..”
He was then arrested, to which he stated, “Ya man, Jah, Jah will guide me.”
Dailey has no previous offenses, according to the court.
Peter Alleyne, the defendant’s lawyer, said in mitigation that his client had not wasted the court’s time.
Alleyne pointed out that when searched, his client had no additional illegal substance on his person. He also told the court of his client’s clean criminal record until his present offense.
“We’re crying that the young men need positive role model. At 52, if he so clear about showing an example to the young men, especially on African Liberation Week,” the magistrate stated before sentencing the defendant.
Dailey was fined $800 to be paid by October 30 or he will spend five months in prison.
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