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UPDATE: Sistah Joyce pleads guilty

- To be sentenced on September 11, 2012
Searles was allegedly found with some 452 grams of cannabis. Photo: VINO

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Joycelyn Searles also known as ‘Sistah Joyce’ appeared at the Magistrate’s Court today July 11, 2012, where her charges were again read to her, and she pleaded guilty and will be sentenced on September 11, 2012.

On the first occasion when her charges were read on April 4, 2012, Sistah Joyce had pleaded not guilty to both charges.

The popular local calypsonian face charges of unlawful possession of cannabis and intent to supply.

Represented by Herbert McKenzie, there was an amendment on the amount of cannabis she was carrying. According to lab records figures presented to the court, the amount was changed from 503.5 grams to 452 grams.

Addressing the court, Crown Counsel Representative Leslie-Ann Faulkner stated that the cannabis had a street value of $4,520, to which Magistrate Valarie Stephens ordered its destruction.

Court records indicated that on April 3, 2012 at the Road Town Ferry Terminal the stench of the herb took over the room and caught the attention of police officers in plain clothing.

Records further stated that when approached, the calypsonian denied nothing, which resulted in her being cautioned and taken to the Road Town Police Station.

The court also heard that Searles allegedly told police she was suspended from her job and invested $1400 in the cannabis, of which she was going to “smoke” some and sell some.

25 Responses to “UPDATE: Sistah Joyce pleads guilty”

  • OKaaayyyy!!!! (04/04/2012, 12:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So how she could say she invested $1400 in the cannabis and then turn around and plead guilty. Well Sah!!
    • Luvz (04/04/2012, 14:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Good question! If that what she did told the po po, she should of pled guilty one time.
    • billy b (04/04/2012, 15:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      OKaaayyyy, I think you meant to say "not guilty" Good point
    • King Kush (04/04/2012, 18:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      idiot! Did you flung out of primary school? She pleaded NOT guilty. Reading is fundamental! Admitting to purchasing and 'sell some' according to Po-Lie-ce would indicate intent to distribute under our colonial oppressive legal framework. Sista Joyce shoulda never said dat, its always personal use my girl.......use your logging nxt time.
      • You are the Idiot! (05/04/2012, 09:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        It's obvious I meant "not guilty". You need to master the art of common sense, if you read my sentence properly.
  • Georgey (04/04/2012, 12:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It just doesn't add up. How could she have told police "she was suspended from her job and invested $1400 in the cannabis, of which she was going to "smoke" some and sell some" and then pleaded not guilty to both offences?
  • Real Talk (04/04/2012, 13:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    LMAO! I don't mean to laugh but something isn't right. They better allow her to plea again, maybe she was high on the product when she plead not guilty, after saying she invested in it. PRICELESS! Who knows, this may make a good Calypso song!!
    • Concerned (04/04/2012, 15:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      She could have acted according based on her lawyers advice. These lawyers are becoming such a rip off these days. Bible really fulfilling " The Love of money is the root of all evil". Sad, Sad.
    • my concert (04/04/2012, 19:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Real talk is that the defense from your law firm?
  • real talk (04/04/2012, 13:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    • freedown for sister (04/04/2012, 15:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      for real that is what i am saying
    • qqqqq-ttttttttttttttttttttt (04/04/2012, 22:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      i want to be her manager for the song she will sing on
  • confused (04/04/2012, 13:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Guess she won't be at the Cane Garden Bay music fest next month inspiring all listeners.....
  • ooooo (04/04/2012, 13:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    she got lyrics for days now
  • Rat (04/04/2012, 13:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    She has to plead "not guilty" to secure bail. Or else she will be remanded to prison and this is a longggggg weekend people.
  • sing sing ing (04/04/2012, 15:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    ayo back off of ssiter jyce me wonder if she going sing bout dat?
  • eat you chat (04/04/2012, 16:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    lawd at least myron rescue wid he law firm...well saw look ting
  • Brap (04/04/2012, 17:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I would not have mouthed a word to the police, period! Let it speak for itself, or let my lawyer speak for me.
  • Simple Simon (04/04/2012, 20:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    hmmmmm! smoking weed is now an investment. Some signs of the times!
  • public face (04/04/2012, 21:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    See when you become a celebrity these things of public gossip happen
  • bad time (04/04/2012, 23:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    girl VG carnival is right around the conner your troubles got bad timing sistah...I not going calypso show if you aint dey sistah..
  • yellow man (05/04/2012, 10:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i just heard her on ZROD..her head up high..GO GIRL
  • gorda peak (05/04/2012, 16:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    keep on keeping on joyce
  • New order (12/07/2012, 04:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    that was a smart move sister Joyce now you can be in the competition and win that car...bring it home girl we love you and rooting for you
  • take me home (12/07/2012, 10:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    ha ha 9 11 look melee

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