Thursday 6 August, 2020

Lawyer intervenes to save accused from jail time

A lawyer, who stepped in to offer his services for an accused man, gave a strong mitigation on his behalf.

Lawyer Dwight Moseley saw that accused Selwyn Miller struggled to speak to the court about his actions after he pleaded guilty to a theft charge. 

Miller, 19, of 2nd Avenue Lower Newbury, St. George admitted that he stole a number of fruits and other items from a man.  In July, Miller stole a pineapple, 80 limes, 4 pears, 2 shirts and a box of garbage bags from Peter Bourne.

When the Magistrate asked why he was targeting Bourne he said : "I targeting fruits". He then went on to say that he didn't want to go to jail but seemed unable to explain himself further. It was here that Moseley asked to the court to stand down the matter so he could speak with Miller.

The attorney, in his mitigation, outlined his conversation with Miller. In trying to understand Miller's situation, he said he questioned his use of drugs and discovered that he was a user of cocaine. "Cocaine is one hell of a drug and can make you do funny things," Moseley said.

Moseley said further questioning revealed that Miller sold fruits in the area of Collymore Rock. The money he gains is used to buy cocaine. The lawyer said the last time Miller went to jail it did not help his drug problem and he asked the court to assist Miller with rehabilitation. Speaking in reference to youth he said that they were "the future of our country".

The magistrate said the decision to enroll in rehab would have to be Miller's. After she explained the rehabilitation process, Miller agreed. He will spend two weeks at the Psychiatric Hospital for observation and evaluation which will determine his suitability for Verdun House. 

The matter was heard in the No. 2 District "A" Magistrates' Court before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant.

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