A Tread Falls man was fined $1,200 at the Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to possession of a controlled drug.
Twenty-two-year-old Akeem Headley was reportedly found with 16 grams of the substance on January 18, 2017.
He has up to three months to pay the fine or, in default, he will spend four months at Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut.
Before his sentencing, his attorney Stephen Daniels urged the court to consider imposing a ‘small fine’ on his client as opposed to a custodial sentence.
Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste-DaBeo agreed with the attorney’s argument that Headley’s young age and the fact that he only had a ‘small’ quantity of drugs were mitigating factors. She, therefore, concluded that no custodial sentence was warranted.
What the court heard happened
The court heard that on the day in question, police were on duty in Road Town when they noticed Headley running towards the area known as Scatliffe Alley.
He has approached and subsequently searched.
Nothing illegal was found on his person. However, police searched his backpack and uncovered a butter container with the cannabis inside.
“Why is me you all search first?” Headley reportedly asked law enforcers.
He was then taken to the Road Town Police Station where he declined to participate in an audio-visual interview.
Headley is currently on remand for an unrelated matter.
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