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Kingstown resident begs to go to jail

Kingstown resident begs to go to jail


Kingstown resident Joel Garrick seemed in quite a hurry to be taken to prison after he was sentenced earlier this week.

“I war go jail, I war go jail, I war go cool off me head,” Garrick shouted at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court Monday, moments after magistrate Carla James fined him $200 forthwith or one month in prison for possession of 13 grams of cannabis and $400 forthwith,{{more}} or four weeks in prison for possession of four rocks of cocaine.

The 50-year-old man will also serve a further 12 months in jail for breaching a two-year bond he was placed on in January this year on a separate offence.

The court heard that on August 3, at about 4:10 a.m, a Rose Place resident made a report of a theft, for which Garrick was a suspect.

The complainant and a police officer left the Central Police Station and encountered Garrick in the vicinity of the St VIncent Building and Loan Association at the corner of Halifax Street and White Chapel.

A search was conducted on Garrick’s person, but nothing illegal was found.

He was taken to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) where a further search was conducted.

When Garrick was asked to squat, a transparent plastic bag was seen dangling from his crotch. He was asked to hand over the bag, which was found to contain a match box with four foil paper wrappings containing cocaine along with the cannabis.

When cautioned, Garrick replied, “Officer, give me ah chance. I find it.”(AS)