Search

Win a £100 Amazon voucher in this week’s Recorder

On sale now

Practising Rastafarian tells court he is ‘Catch-22’ situation after being caught with cannabis

16:57 03 July 2014

A practising Rastafarian caught with two large bags of cannabis told a court the drug was part of his “every day life”.

Representing himself at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Friday, Jahbuna Warburton said it was a “Catch-22” situation after admitting possessing cannabis on June 10.

Prosecuting, Victoria Ojo said police officers saw Mr Warburton and another man sitting in a black car at around 8.30am.

As they approached the car, the pair “made a run for it” but were caught and searched, with police finding two large clear bags – around 15cm by 15cm – of herbal cannabis.

She said 27-year-old Warburton, of Express Drive in Goodmayes, was arrested and told police the drug was for his own personal use, and he had been given it by the Rastafarian community.

Representing himself in court, Warburton said: “I admit I did make a run for it, because I thought if they stopped me they were going to arrest me.

“I do smoke cannabis for sacrifical use.

“I’m a practising Rastafarian. I have been all my life.

“That’s part of my culture, part of my creed, part of my every day living.

“I know it’s not part of the law, but one man would throw a stone, one man would praise you for it in another society.

“You’re in a Catch-22, when President Obama is legalising it, but it’s the society that I’m living in – that’s my one disadvantage in this disposition we are living in now.”

The self-employed sales advisor also told magistrates he had been late for his court appearance that morning because he had to take his brother to the doctors’ after he suffered an epileptic fit.

Magistrates handed Warburton a £100 fine and ordered him to pay £85 towards costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Exiting the court room, Warburton added: “I’m not a law-breaking criminal, I’m not a violent man.”

Latest News Stories

15:01
Sadie Gomm

Tributes have been paid to a founder member of Ilford Historical Society who has died aged 88.

12:00
The Musicians of Bremen in Teatro Vivo's show Fairy-tale Finders, inspired by the stories of the Brothers Grimm. The show is returning to Valentines Mansion, in Emerson Road, Ilford. Picture: Doug Southall

Prince Charming, the Wicked Stepmother and Snow White – these are all characters seared into our consciousness thanks to fairy-tales.

11:00
Young adult author James Dawson with Isaac Newton Academy pupils

Six years ago, James Dawson was a teacher in a busy Brighton school, the role of writing in his working life confined to lesson plans and reports.

10:00
Ellie Gibb has her face painted by Emma Japry at last year's Fairlop Fair

Organisers are hoping the heavy showers forecast for won’t keep the crowds away from today’s Fairlop Fair.

Most read news

Competitions

Tansy the pony from the Chigwell Riding Centre for Special Needs visited Bancroft's Preparatory School on their charity day

A very special guest visited the children at a school in Woodford Green last week.

Good times with Greenall's!

Good times with Greenall’s, a Great British gin sponsors Great British racing.

Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder