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Ronaldo Hewlett to undergo drug rehab

Ronald Hewlett is to join the Drug Rehabilitation Unit of Peebles Hospital on the recommendation of Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Son of Paul "On the Ball" Hewlett, Ronaldo Hewlett, is to join the Drug Rehabilitation Unit of Peebles Hospital on the recommendation of Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards.

The young Hewlett is before the courts on a burglary charge. He is accused of stealing $10, a Ginger Ale and a Ginger Beer.

Ms Richards, after noting the defendant’s serious drug addiction and his willingness to access rehabilitation, collaborated with Peebles Hospital via Dr June Samuels to have Hewlett attend the facility.

The Senior Magistrate said Her Majesty's Prisons would be given directive to have Hewlett taken to the hospital from Monday March 30, 2015 where he will remain a resident for three weeks.

Hewlett will then have to return to court on April 21, 2015 for progress report and at that time it will be decided whether he is fit to be enrolled in the Safe Haven Transitional Centre to prepare him for re-integration into society.

"Hopefully you will do well with that," Ms Richards encouraged Hewlett.

‘Safe Haven makes more sense’

After seeking clarification about the safe Haven, Hewlett was told that it is a centre that was once known as the Sandy Lane Centre but is now restructured and with new owners. Hewlett responded, "That makes more sense than what they were doing there previously."

When he made a court appearance on Friday March 20, 2015 Hewlett was informed of the valiant efforts being made to have him get the desired rehabilitation process going. ‎As he was officially unrepresented, Attorney at Law Mr Richard Rowe indicated to the court that he would make voluntarily interventions on his behalf.

Given a chance

Magistrate Richards had said she was making interventions to give Hewlett a chance at not wasting his young life and ending up in a situation where he would have been back and forth in the courts.

At that time, consideration was also being given to the possibilities of him being enrolled into a Christian rehabilitation institution in the USA for a period of one year.

Told by Ms Richards that Hewlett was a man that was very intelligent and uses a lot of “big words”, Mr Rowe indicated that he was aware of this knowledge as he would have had cause to interact with him before.

Hewlett’s level of intelligence was displayed every time he appeared in court, asking intelligent questions and in details, and speaking fluently as he led his own defense.

The defendant had always expressed the desire to undergo drug rehabilitation.

22 Responses to “Ronaldo Hewlett to undergo drug rehab”

  • watcher (25/03/2015, 15:46) Like (17) Dislike (11) Reply
    Now is the time for him to go to his creator and ask to be guided down the right path, it's not to late
  • Yes (25/03/2015, 16:10) Like (7) Dislike (39) Reply
    Paul is on the ball and his son is on the 8 ball.
    • careful (25/03/2015, 19:12) Like (41) Dislike (2) Reply
      To laugh at another person's misfortune makes you a horrible person. If you have kids or even nieces and nephews, be careful lest because of your blog you see it turn around on them. We never know for whom the bell will toll!
    • the rock (25/03/2015, 21:18) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
      another man's down fall is your joke don't worry the world spins!
    • VirginIslands305 (25/03/2015, 22:02) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      Lol lol
    • sea cows bay (26/03/2015, 15:31) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      you need to think before you respond, first of all Paul and his son is two different people. He cant give him a mind like his what he can do is try to help him as much as possible. He can only talk, that doesn't me he will listen. this could have been anyone of us but we choose not to. I am sure you have addictions too just different from his. When you live in glass house don't throw stones!
  • preveledge (25/03/2015, 16:11) Like (9) Dislike (15) Reply
    The big names always getting the big breaks.
    • ?? (25/03/2015, 19:20) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      Preveledge? You need to jump off a ledge with spelling like that. Schups.
  • Mick Mars (25/03/2015, 16:40) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply

    This guy ain't like Merlin and Sonnel and the other young drug addled youth who want to do nothing and beg. This guy was mad intelligent before he got caught up in this muck and he still is.
    However he still got rough spots that shouldn't exclude him from punishment despite who his f>>>r is. This dude can get violent. Also, he st^^^^g to eat. Feed him and rehabilitate him as best as you can....and hopefully he sticks with it since he been in and out a lot of 'em it seems. Get well Rinaldo, get well.

    • SO WAS SONNEL (26/03/2015, 06:22) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      • Mick Mars (26/03/2015, 09:04) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply

        I too, went to school with Sonnel. He was dressed well in school and he wasn't a dunce either...but he dropped out. He started to mess with drugs and at this point in his life he CHOOSES to be a waste. He's been given jobs....don't want to work. He goes and assaults tourists when he wants to go back to Jail. He's been offered help and stayed over at the Sandy Lane centre for a day and a half, leaving DIRECTLY after he clean the pot and said he wasn't coming back because he wanted to drink and smoke as he felt.

        Sonnel got his good head you know..but it look like he trying to be anything but a waste? Honestly, answer that one.

  • mother (25/03/2015, 16:56) Like (39) Dislike (0) Reply
    As a mother of a son who holds great promise but who is determined to continue using drugs, I can empathize with Mr. Hewlett's father. I know Ronaldo, and my heart hurts for both father and son. I hope that Ronaldo is able to turn himself around.

    There are many more youths out there who are in this situation, but like much else, our community turns a blind eye. For how long have we known that the Ghetto is a supermarket for retail drugs (and goodness knows what else)? Yet, this "business" continues to thrive, and openly! Is it that this "business" has become the true third pillar of the economy? Is it that to address the source of the trade would necessarily mean mashing a few corns and exposing the gol' teeth of Bo-hog, a definite 'no-no'? Whatever the reason, we cannot build a first-class mortar and brick society when the social infrastructure is crumbling.
  • care (25/03/2015, 17:23) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is a good step in the right direction to help a young person. I only hope that the same will be done to help less fortunate youth who do not have parents with influential names or jobs, for they too need a chance to overcome drug habits and the crimes that come from such.
  • Me (25/03/2015, 17:46) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    This case is a waste of the courts time. If in fact the young man is known to be an addict get him the help that he needs. $10 and 2 drinks, like really?
  • que (25/03/2015, 18:24) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Who pays the hospital bill?Three weeks at the hospital rate. Guess he will have to work and contribute to his stay. Is that a privilege? I hope he gets clean.
  • POPE (25/03/2015, 18:31) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Look jokes about big words makes you intelligent..struperness
  • Best wishes (25/03/2015, 19:09) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    I write this comment as a mother who wish no ill to anyone else's child, I don't care the surname, and I will never rejoice in the downfall of any young person. Whenever I see a young person hooked on any sort of illegal drugs, it really hurt me to the bone. Then I get even more angry at the people who live lavishly from importing and dealing the deadly stuff. The people who make the millions from this muck don't use drugs, because they know that stuff like crack and cocaine doesn't have any boundaries as to who it will destroy. The worst move is the first move, so young people, please, no matter what you're going through, do whatever you can not to ever touch this stuff in the first place. Run around the island, jump into the sea and swim from one end to the next, however you can vent your frustration and de-stress without harming yourself and others, please do it, but leave this thing alone. Show me who it has done something good for by using it and our conversation will certainly change. Good luck Mr. Hewlett and its the grace of God that will help you, and others plagued by drugs.
  • wize up (25/03/2015, 20:20) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    did JTV carry this news item; only because his father on TV this man not in jail...
  • Plank (26/03/2015, 06:44) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    this is a dude I respect. the truth is, people can give us all the help and chances they think we need when we fall, (which is good) but the real chance and the real help is for us to make the real effort to get up, to help ourselves. Ronaldo, this is my advice, its on you, to get up, to be strong, put the effort in to be a better man, to achieve all your potential. your effort is key, You have a good Job and you still have it in-spite of. You will have to drop a few friend along the way., that's ok.
  • BVIHS (26/03/2015, 14:32) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    My schoolmate. Sad to see this has happened to you. But I wish and pray for your intervention. You are really really smart. Come back to us Reynaldo.
  • Douganz (27/03/2015, 11:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why is this even news?

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