Ad­dict un­fit for Ver­dun House

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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.

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