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COURT TODAY BLOCKA man who was given a chance to clean up his life but chose not to was yesterday sentenced to six months in jail.

Narie Leslie Hinds, 48, of Military Road, Bush Hall, St Michael, was given the sentence by acting Magistrate Alliston Seale in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court after failing to complete a drug rehabilitation course at Verdun House.

Repeated pleas by the maintenance man for Seale to forgive him fell on deaf ears.

“During the time at Verdun House, it helped me to be a changed man and I thank you for sending me there to help me kick my drug addict,” he told the court.

But that did nothing to soften the magistrate’s heart.

“I gave you a chance and you did not comply with my orders. There is nothing more that I can do for you,” a stern-looking Seale declared before handing down the sentence.

Upon hearing he was going to prison, Hinds immediately dropped to his knees in the dock and began to cry.

“Sir, please! It was just a simple mistake that I made,” he shouted as the police officer placed handcuffs on him.

The court had heard that Hinds had been ordered to complete a drug rehabilitation programme at Verdun House because of his drug addiction last year.

After successfully attending the initial treatment plan, he was scheduled to complete a primary six-month phase.

However, Hinds did not complete that course.

Shortly after, he was seen in a known ‘drug hole,’ and apprehended by police.

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