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St Catherine father sentenced on ganja charges cries in court

Published:Monday | February 20, 2017 | 2:49 PM

A St Catherine father wept bitterly in the St Catherine Parish Court after he was sentenced to six months at hard labour for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

Derrique Reid was sentenced to three months imprisonment for possession of ganja and six months for dealing in ganja by Parish judge Tara Reid-Carr on Friday.

The sentences are to run concurrently.

Reid had pleaded guilty to the charges.

Before sentencing, Reid’s attorney Walter Melbourne made a lengthy application for a non-custodial sentence arguing that the client showed remorse for his action and that he is a good father.

The lawyer further submitted that despite the criminal act, Reid was trying to provide money for medical expense for a sick child.

Reid-Carr told the accused that breaching the Dangerous Drugs Act is still a very serious offence.

She said she took into consideration Reid’s guilty plea, his lawyer's submission and a very good community report before handing down her sentence.

Reid was one of three men held in a motorcar along the Old Harbour Bay Main Road with 138 pounds of compressed ganja.

A further search at Reid's home in Bay Bottom in Old Harbour Bay by the police revealed another 273 pounds.

The other accused, Hugh O’Connor and Wilford Scully, both of Old Harbour Bay, St Catherine, are scheduled to reappear in court on April 27.