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.”