Monday 6 April, 2020

Woman completes stint at Psychiatric Hospital, on bond

From working in the Government Service to drug addiction and prostitution - this is just some of the events that led to a woman in her 40s before the courts.

It was on January 11, 2019,  that the St Michael resident appeared in the District 'A' Magistrates' Court where she pleaded guilty to two cocaine charges.

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Those charges include - possession of the substance and possession of apparatus fit and intended for the use in connection with the misuse of cocaine. The offences occurred late last year.

On that occasion, she was remanded to the Psychiatric Hospital for observation and a pre-sentencing report.

That report revealed a sad past - sexual abuse, a neglectful mother, drug addiction from her teens, a tragic accident that led to a coma, loss of her home. She never received counselling for these traumatic events. In addition, she failed to complete drug rehabilitation programmes and her troubles only grew. 

Marijuana use turned to cocaine use - a habit that led to stealing and prostitution.

Yesterday as she returned to the court from her stint at the Psychiatric Hospital, the magistrate imposed a bond on her - six months to keep the peace or spend six months in prison.

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