Repeat drug offender gets lucky

Repeat drug offender Jonathan Walsh has been fined by a Roseau magistrate and warned not to return to court again on similar offences.

The 21-year-old from River Street in the capital city Roseau was fined EC$1,000.00.

Walsh was arrested along with nine other young men who all pleaded not guilty to possession of cannabis and possession with intent to supply.

The charges against the others were dropped by the prosecution after Walsh pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and possession with intent to supply.

The coast guard were on routine patrol in the Portsmouth area on May 24, 2012 at about 11pm when they spotted a boat “Spects”, registration number J7162PMH.

According to the police, the boat was ordered to stop but failed to do so, forcing the coast guard to intercept it.

Ten men were onboard and when the boat was searched, a quantity of marijuana was found.

The police report Walsh telling them “Officer my weed that.”

Court records reveal that the River street youth has a lengthy string of drug convictions, the latest being one year ago.

“I see enough reasons to send you to jail…you keep coming back to court, you are not behaving and you are bent on spoiling your life,” Magistrate Candia Carette George scolded Walsh.

She remarked that he has been coming to court for drugs since he was a juvenile and has been given several opportunities to redeem himself, but to no avail.

“Please give me a break….I want a chance, I have been doing well,” Walsh said.

He was fined EC$1,000.00 for possession with intent to supply, to be paid by July 31, 2012.

Not paying up on time will land him in jail for three months.

No separate penalty was imposed for the charge of possession of cannabis.

“Do not return because you will not be so lucky (next time),” Magistrate Carette George warned him.

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13 Comments

  1. Sippet
    May 28, 2012

    “He was fined EC$1,000.00 for possession with intent to supply, to be paid by July 31, 2012.”

    “No separate penalty was imposed for the charge of possession of cannabis.”

    …I am confused. 8-O :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    • A Voice
      May 28, 2012

      Nothing to be confused about. The boat must have been going out with the drugs not coming in.

      It’s all about the economics. The country needs its steady rotation of income to keep the coffers filled…

  2. Yes
    May 26, 2012

    don’t worry…im time to come her children will be the ones to pay for it

  3. L.A.C
    May 26, 2012

    Y IS THE QUANTITY OF DRUGS NOT REVEALED AND WHAT HAPPEN TO THE OTHER NINE PERSONS THAT WERE ON THE VESSEL.THE GUY HAS BEEN GIVEN SEVERAL CHANCES. Please give me a break….I want a chance, I have been doing well,” Walsh said.SO MY POINT IS HE HAS BEEN DOING WELL SELLING DRUGS AND THE MAGISTRATE STILL GIVES HIM A BREAK SMH.

  4. May 26, 2012

    hey They out there spoiling people children destroying families. children are a wreck to their homes when they on that stuff. They steal to maintain the life style of drug addiction. the hungry brokes and cant concentrate to keep jobs and to out of their mind to even work. Please somebody lest start building a place for our drug out families and train them to handle themselves. we need only to start raising funds training people to work there and find a 600 arce land. oh take it for does drug Lords Start making them pay stiff fines and still tasting the jail house for 6mn min on record plus fine. they cause our countrymen and women to end up like that.

  5. Justice and Truth
    May 25, 2012

    He did get off scot-free. There are times they should be jailed for a certain length of time so that they may, hopefully, reflect on their life and change. He needs to be rehabilitated and to keep fruitfully busy. Satan finds some mischief for idle hands and feet to do.
    With a long rap sheet, what will he do with his life after paying the money? A leopard does not change its color overnight. We may hear more.

  6. Mohamed
    May 25, 2012

    they should have send him up ..too worthless!

  7. Aiy dominique
    May 25, 2012

    The man has a length rap sheet and yet he got a kiss on the wrist. What is even more disgusting is the fact that the drugs was intended for distribution. That cannot be right. We put people in jail for stealing cheese and drug traffickers get a badge of recommendation.

    • ideal
      May 26, 2012

      he must be a lobourite

  8. stoic
    May 25, 2012

    some people sell drugs because they are LAZY they prefer easy money….some sell because they are GREEDY…they want more money…..some sell because they don’t have a choice…..they need money……and selling drug is better than selling their body….

    prostitution and selling drugs are both victimless crimes but most men raher sell drugs than perform sexual transactions to survive…….

  9. Rule
    May 25, 2012

    No wonder these criminals just keep offending, because of the magnitude of leniency that exists in the courts. How can this guy rehabilitate himself unless he spends some time in jail to reflect back on his offenses? The Judge is acknowledging that he has been coming to court for drugs since he was a juvenile and has been given “SEVERAL OPPORTUNITIES” to redeem him, but to no avail. So what’s the problem! Why the warning not to come back again! Are you serious….?

  10. Anonymous
    May 25, 2012

    More money for the govt. coffers.

  11. Gee
    May 25, 2012

    ****ESPECIALLY AT HIS AGE****

    LET’S HOPE THAT HE LISTENS AND OBEY!!………. AND STAY AWAY FROM TROUBLE. HE NEEDS TO LEARN A TRADE OR SOMETHING!!

    I WISH HIM WELL BECAUSE IF SUCCEEDS IN DOING WELL WE ALL SUCCEED[LESS PEOPLE IN PRISON].

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