The sentencing of the 17-year-old mother of a 15-month-old baby nabbed with marijuana in her bra and underwear in Kingstown did not take place last Friday, as scheduled.
The sentencing at the Serious Offences Court was adjourned to next Friday to allow the Ministry of Education to provide more information to the court.
Last Tuesday, Senior Magistrate Rechanne Browne said she was giving the teen another chance to continue her education and improve her ability to care for her child.
She ordered the young mother to report, along with a parent, to the Ministry of Education with a view to recommencing her secondary education.
Browne also ordered the teen to enrol in parenting classes at SVG Save the Children Fund (Vinsave), a local charity.
She ordered the teen to report to court, along with a parent last Friday when the court was to receive a report and sentence her for her crime.
The teen was nabbed at the Grenadines Wharf in Kingstown on Dec. 2 with 134 grammes (4.7oz) of marijuana in each cup of her bra and in her panties.
The teen was busted by a female officer, who took her to a security booth for a more comprehensive search after having found inside of the teen’s bag a pair of scissors with ganja resin on it.
After finding the marijuana in the teen’s bra, the officer asked her if she had anything else to declare and the teen removed from her underwear another transparent plastic bag containing loose plant-like material resembling cannabis.
When cautioned, the teen told the police officer, “Ah my weed.”
Senior Prosecutor Adolphus Delplesche, in his submission on sentencing, told the court he knows the young lady well and would like to see her back on the straight and narrow.
He said he was close to her and all of a sudden her life seems to have spiralled out of control.
iWitness News is withholding the teen’s name in an effort to not negatively affect the second chance that the court is attempting to give to her.
“But we still communicate. Her mother is outside — who I know has been trying what we would call her utmost best to get [her daughter] back on the straight and narrow,” Delplesche said.