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Man facing property destruction charge released after no-evidence submission

Published:Saturday | February 18, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:A young man charged with damaging the rear-view mirror and a licence plate on his father's car escaped jail time after a no-evidence submission was made in his case.

Brandon Milton, who was before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on a charge of malicious destruction of property, had been in police custody since February 6.

During his court hearing on Monday, Milton's father told Resident Magistrate Vivienne Harris that his son had been on a rehabilitation programme in Kingston to overcome ganja addiction but stopped the treatment prematurely.

"So why did you leave the programme?" Harris asked Milton.

"Mi head did a cramp up," he answered, drawing some chuckles from the court.

"So you want to go down to the lock-up and feel your head really cramp up? Do you want to go back to the programme, or to jail?" the judge enquired.

"I want to go back to school," Milton replied, explaining that he had started school while on the drug programme.

The defendant's father then asked the court not to pursue the case against his son, promising in the process to get him back into the drug-rehabilitation programme.

Harris subsequently made a no-evidence motion at the complainant's request and released Milton into his father's custody.

"If he leaves the programme again, let me know," she told the father.

"Go with your father now and behave yourself," the judge instructed Milton.