A TEENAGER who offered the police a $200 bribe after he was found with marijuana, pleaded guilty to both charges before the court last Friday.
The 17-year-old appeared alongside Crystal Cudjoe, 23, of Ste Madeleine, and Sparkle Arbuckle, 27, of San Fernando, after they were found sharing a marijuana cigarette under a mango tree.
Arbuckle faced a second charge of having four grammes of marijuana in her pocket.
They all appeared before San Fernando Magistrate Lisa Ramsumair-Hinds.
The court heard that it was around 3 p.m. last Thursday that the police saw the three under a mango tree at King’s Wharf, San Fernando.
“As the marked police vehicle approached, all three defendants looked in the direction of the vehicle and quickly looked away,” the police prosecutor said.
The officers came out the vehicle, identified themselves and searched the area.
They found a cigarette of unusual length and containing marijuana, on the ground where the three were sitting.
When Arbuckle was searched, four grammes of marijuana were also found in her pocket.
Upon being arrested, the teenager stretched out his hand with $200 toward Constable Kerryn Griffith and told him: “Officer hold that nah.”
He was charged by Constable Sheryil Ann Horseley with offering money to the officer to commit a breach of his duty by forgoing prosecution against him.
Defence attorney Jason Jackson said his client did not understand the seriousness of his actions.
The teenager, however, admitted the police’s version of the incident and offered an apology before the court.
The boy had also pleaded guilty to the joint charge of possession of one gramme of marijuana.
The magistrate ordered that a probation officer’s report be done on the teen before he is sentenced. He was ordered to return to court on October 3.
Ramsumair-Hinds said the report will present a wider picture of the boy’s life and also answer the question as to why he had been working for the past two years.
She told his mother that children were entitled to their education, academic or otherwise, and she ought to have ensured that he was given that opportunity until he reached the age of 18, to equip himself to become a man.
To the two women, who are both mothers, Ramsumair-Hinds told them they should prioritise their lives.