Well-known offender tells court he was arrested by mistake

A well-known offender, who told the court that police had mistakenly arrested him for the possession of cannabis, has to pay $1,000 by May 31, or he spends two months in jail.

Kirby Jno-Baptiste,30, of Citronier, who is on bail and has had several sentences and a number of cases pending before the court, appeared before Magistrate Ossie Lewis on Friday where he pleaded guilty to  possession of cannabis.

Police spotted Jno-Baptiste in Virgin Lane trying to conceal a quantity of cannabis by throwing it over a fence on January 5, 2012.

According to the facts of the case which were presented by Police Prosecutor Inspector Micheal Laudat, Woman Police Constable M. Maximea along with other officers, were on mobile patrol in the said area when they saw the defendant, who was in the company of other men. Upon seeing the police, Jno Baptiste threw a black plastic bag over a fence and ran.

When approached, Jno Baptiste said, “Officer a feller that that send the plastic bag over the fence.”

In response to the facts, the magistrate told Jno Baptiste, “Your record is building up.”

Jno Baptiste however, was adamant that he had not had any drugs but had pleaded guilty so as to not waste the court’s time.

“I doesn’t be on de block like before. For a year now I behaving myself,” he said.

In an invited comment from the magistrate the investigating officer confirmed to the court that she would normally see the defendant on the streets in Newtown.

The defendant’s mother also told the court that her son was on his way to reformation as he had been gainfully employed with his grandfather for months and is on the straight and narrow.

Pointing to the a number of smaller packages of cannabis found in the said plastic bag, Magistrate Lewis told Jno Baptiste, “You’re very fortunate they didn’t charge you with intent to supply. The way its nicely packaged , that’s just to sell.”

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17 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    January 11, 2012

    Homosexuality is illegal, how many bullers you see them arresting

  2. MRS BALTHAZAR
    January 10, 2012

    Legalise the ganga….too manyutes are in the jail. I think Senator BAZIL has a great plan to help the youths. He is bright, well loved and has the deep desire to counsel our kids. HE has worked in Loubiere, Wesley very well and with many school teachers island wide. I am of the view that we need all hands on deck!

    I LOVE THIS MAN !

    I HOPE HE COMES TO MY SCHOOL TO TALK TO OUR YOUTHS ABOUT BEING RESPONSIBLE.
    REALLY MISSED HIM IN LOUBIERE !

    SO SWEET A GENTLEMAN !

  3. wiser than
    January 9, 2012

    my padna pay ur money or take ur jail. because u done plead guilty to a crime i did not see mention hear. let de officers do there part and de court do thiers. all u have to do is work with ur lawyer. a lot of guys on de block have block head. u say anoda man threw de bag but u pleaded guilty.

  4. coby
    January 8, 2012

    its time you stop playing weedman

    your upbringing and your livestyle makes no sense

    i dont know how on eartg you became so

    davina raised you up so cool

    you are an enbarassment and its rather unfortunate

    who are you fooling ?

    i just cannot believe my eyes and ears on this matter

    and i hope you learn your lesson

  5. January 8, 2012

    THE DOMINICAN GOV’T NEEDS TO GET A LIFE.WHY PUNISH PEOPLE SO BADLY FOR A NATURAL HERB,EVEN USA IS IN ADVANCE YOU CAN BUY IT LEGALLY IN CERTAIN AREAS .AMSTERDAM IS FREE TO BUY.
    THEY KNOW VERY WELL THAT’S WHERE THEY WILL MAKE THE MOST MONEY EASY …WHICH IS FROM GANJA BECAUSE IT GROWS EASILY ON A FERTILE LAND

    • Justice and Truth
      January 10, 2012

      @ C.B.

      Think before you comment. The countries you mentioned are going down slippery slopes if they have not already arrived, a sure way to Hell for legislating all sorts of immorality. May Dominica not copycat them.

    • CHUPES
      January 10, 2012

      MAN please get some hard work to do so long you have not worked ! shame on you !

  6. z....
    January 7, 2012

    Men I have agreat Idea for how to attrat tourists. Dominica is a great place to grow weed for economic purposes. Why can’t we legalize it before many other country does? Infact we can controll how it’s sold just like any other crop. Do you know how many tourist will flock here for this? Great marketing ploy by the way. To me weed is no different than cigarettes. It should be legal, regulated and taxed big time. If you want to sell weed you would have to buy it at premium price. The dollars would be flowing. Grow some balls government and feed your people. God gave us all these plants and animals for a reason.

  7. Cat
    January 7, 2012

    Please leave the Ganja man alone so you can free up the courts to deal with serious matters, and yes you have some very serious things to attend to!

  8. Pat
    January 7, 2012

    LEGALIZE MARIJUANA!
    Let’s see them smoke in the open, we will know who they are.

  9. listen and learn
    January 7, 2012

    Me officer what happen to the when it live the court? Answer me please.

  10. big man ting
    January 7, 2012

    just an observation, it seems weed is drugs to this authority;and coke is medication,just the amount of weed bust v/s coke bust,one is natural, the other is man-u-factor.i guess weed is small man thing.yet again Rum an COKE is the authority’s pleasure, even the prist and pastors put it in their wine.

    • ROSEAU.
      January 8, 2012

      S.O.B where in the world are you living? I would like to know whats your ppoint?

    • LOOKING ON
      January 9, 2012

      huh? Your point went right past me!

    • Justice and Truth
      January 10, 2012

      @ big man thing

      Rum and coke? The Priests put it in their wine? How stupid and ignorant can you be making unfounded statements, you blasphemer. God will deal with you in time. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  11. Mystic
    January 7, 2012

    This whole cannabis thing is just a big fat waste of the courts and the countries time and limited resources…!

    • Justice and Truth
      January 10, 2012

      @ Mystic

      IT IS ILLEGAL, PERIOD!

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