Addict unfit for Verdun House
Sydwin Inniss has been struggling to kick his drug addiction since school days.
That habit has now landed the 48-year-old drug user in HMP Dodds for six months after he was deemed an unfit candidate to undergo rehabilitation at Verdun House.
When he appeared in Criminal Court No. 1 of the District “A” Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Inniss, who has no fixed place of abode, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and cocaine apparatus on Wednesday.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Neville Reid told the court that police were on foot patrol duty along Suttle Street conducting investigations when they spotted Inniss sitting in a wooden structure.
As they approached, they observed that he had a small ginseng bottle in his left hand and was holding it to his mouth, while using a lighter in the other hand to ignite a flame.
Police identified themselves, startling Inniss and causing him to drop the bottle, which broke.
However, it was recovered and still warm to the touch. Further inspection revealed that the apparatus contained two crystalline substances stuck to the wire mesh fitted to the bottle and which police suspected to be cocaine.
When police questioned Inniss, he replied: “That is my pipe. I was just there smoking my dope, man.”
Inniss told Magistrate Douglas Frederick that he was involved with drugs while at school and that he had been admitted to the Psychiatric Hospital in an attempt to “clean up”, but to no avail.
He then enquired about the possibility of enrolling in the drug rehab programme at Verdun House.
“You are not a fit candidate for Verdun House,” Magistrate Frederick told him before sentencing him to six months on the charge of possession.
He was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the apparatus charge.