From the Courts
January 16, 2009
Chief Magistrate: Don’t come back in my court, I’m seeing you too often

If it’s one face Chief Magistrate Sonya Young does not want to see anymore, at least at the Serious Offences Court, is that of Ikenna St Hilliaire. “Don’t come back in my court. I’m seeing you too often,” stated Young.{{more}}

St Hilliarie, who appeared in court on two previous occasions on similar charges, had pleaded guilty to possession of one bomb of cannabis on January 11 at Stoney Grounds, when he appeared at the Serious Offences Court on Monday. He was fined $100 forthwith or one week in jail.

At about 1:20 p.m. members of the Narcotics division of the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force were on mobile patrol in the area when the defendant was seen riding a bicycle. Officers stopped him and requested a search on him, which he consented to. The cannabis was found in St Hillaire’s right front pocket. He was cautioned by officers, and he replied: “Is jus one bomb.”

St. Hillaire’s Lawyer, Sylvester Raymond-Cadette, said although his client found himself on a drug charge, he is still a creditable person and works with his father as a garbage collector. “He helps the community and I’m impressed at what he does,” stated Raymond-Cadette. The attorney asked that a fine be imposed on the 21 year-old.

Magistrate Young again told Raymond-Cadette that it was St Hillaire’s last chance and that she would be sending him to jail the next time. “This isn’t going to work anymore. I’m sending you around next time,” Young declared. (KW)