From the Courts
February 25, 2014

Teen given second chance after attempting to sell cannabis to help pay for SBA

Aaron Allahdua, a 19-year-old student of the Petit Bordel Secondary School was, on Monday, given a second chance after appearing at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court for being in possession with 191 grams of cannabis.{{more}}

Magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias said that she based her decision on the fact that this was the youth’s first offence.

She spared him saying that she was dismissing the charges, but cautioned him never to get caught up in this sort of activity again.

Allahdua was arrested after the minibus in which he was travelling was stopped by members of the Rapid Response Unit (RRU), while on duty along the Leeward Highway.

The youth was said to have been acting suspiciously and was instructed to exit the minibus.

According to the police report, a black plastic bag was seen under the seat where Allahdua was seated and upon examination by the officer, the plant-like material was discovered.

The fifth form student told the court that he was taking the controlled drug to his brother to be sold; he further explained that he needed the money to pay for his School Based Assessment (SBA) projects to be printed.

The youth’s brother was summoned and he said that the two lived with their grandmother and that she often had difficulty making ends meet.

The case was dismissed, with the magistrate cautioning Allahdua that if he needed money, particularly for school, that he should ask. (DD)