From the Courts
April 9, 2010
Unbearable – Too much pain for aspirins

A Glen resident has learnt a valuable lesson after being arrested on charges of possession of cocaine and two other charges.{{more}}

Raymond Seaton appeared at the Serious Offences Court on Wednesday March 31, 2010. In addition to being charged with possession of one rock of cocaine, Seaton was also charged with resisting arrest by a police officer and causing actual bodily harm to another officer. He pleaded guilty to all the offences.

According to facts read in court, officers from the Rapid Response Unit (RRU) were on patrol duty when they spotted Seaton on the Glen public road standing next to a shed. Officers approached Seaton who was acting suspiciously. He was searched and a matchbox containing the cocaine was found in Seaton’s front pants pocket.

When questioned by officers about the drug, Seaton responded: “All yo hav fo kill me first. Officer me na war the words go in court, but when me say so I mean I want you all to leave me alone.”

Seaton sprung on police officer Stephen Baptiste when he went to assist in Seaton’s arrest.

Explaining his actions to Chief Magistrate Sonya Young, Seaton said he did not mean to hurt the officer, and even apologized to Seaton’s partner who was present at the time of the arrest.

Seaton added that the drug was used as a pain reliever as regular aspirins were too weak. After Young advised him that having cocaine was an illegal offence, Seaton responded that he had learnt his lesson. “I learn from today Your Worship. I’ll have to bear the pain.”

Seaton was bonded for one year in the sum of $250 or he will spend one month in prison for the cocaine. He was reprimanded and discharged on the other charges.(OS)