(CMR) A female KAABOO Cayman performer who claimed to be remorseful after pleading guilty in court last Tuesday ganja possession took to her Instgram page to make fun of the situation.
Patricia Jetton who goes by the stage name Hirie was arrested at the Owen Roberts International Airport on Sunday, Feb. 17. A rolled spliff was discovered in a plastic container.
The spliff weighed 0.03 ounce or 1.06 gram. Local defense defense attorney Clyde Allen said the defendant did not know the ganja was in the bag. She claims to have received it in California; where it's legal. She also begged the court to not record a conviction as she intends to return next year to perform again with KAABOO Cayman.
Magistrate Valdis Foldats gave her an unconditional discharge with no fine. She was instructed to pay a $300 fine.
Hirie is a Hawaii performer who she mixes her silky, smooth voice with roots, reggae and pop to create her own unique style. Unlike many solo reggae artists, Hirie records with a live band as opposed to using pre-recorded mixtape “riddims”.
Born in the Phillipines and raised in Italy, Hirie spent most of her of life in Oahu, Hawaii. She claims she grew up as a “global citizen”. Her father worked for the United Nations.
While in Hawaii, Hirie fell in love with reggae music, and took to the culture naturally.
She is now part of a San Diego seven-piece band and explains that her band's name HIRIE—as symbolized by its moniker’s first letter, a “H” for “Hawaii,” with that feeling of irie, the award-winning group offers a soundtrack of hope.
HIRIE was nominated as San Diego’s Best World Music Award, and its video for the hit “Sensi Boy” has accrued over 545,000 views. The group has received airplay nationally and internationally, with strongholds in Hawaii, Guam, New Zealand, and Tahiti, and in the college market. Its self-titled album debuted at #4 on the iTunes Reggae chart and rocketed to #9 Billboard Reggae chart.