A grandfather with multiple convictions was yesterday sent to prison for possession of cocaine.
John Williams, 51, of Mon Repos, San Fernando, appeared in the San Fernando Second Magistrate's Court charged with the offence.
Williams told Magistrate Siumungal Ramsaran that he became a grandfather the day before he was arrested and begged for his freedom.
Court prosecutor Gordon Maharaj said Williams had 23 previous convictions, nine in the last ten years.
Maharaj said on Tuesday, around 4.40 p.m., police officers on patrol saw Williams standing along the Naparima/Mayaro Road in Cocoyea acting suspiciously.
Williams was searched, and officers found a clear plastic packet containing the illegal substance in his right front pants pocket.
Magistrate Ramsaran said: "You come back before me?"
Williams responded that he borrowed the "jumper" he was wearing to go to work.
Williams said: "I know it (cocaine) was in the pocket. But it is not my jumper. Sir, spare me, please; I had a grandchild born yesterday."
He was sentenced to two years for the offence, with hard labour.