Joseph Polydore’s guilty plea and strong and passionate mitigation by defense counsel Ronald Charles may have helped avert a custodial sentence being imposed on him by Magistrate Candia Carette George.

The Canefield resident who was arrested by officers of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) who were on foot patrol on May 29, 2012 on St. Johnston Avenue in Pottersville, was fined EC$800.00.

Polydore was found  with 24 grams of cannabis in his possession.

His lawyer Ronald Charles told the court that Polydore was a first time offender, had not wasted the court’s time and was embarrassed and remorseful.

“He is ashamed of what has happened and the embarrassment to him and his mother (who is here in court). Your Worship he now wants to openly apologize to the court and his mother for his actions,” Charles told the court.

The attorney asked the court to temper justice with mercy in sentencing, and asked for a non- custodial sentence.

Polydore was allowed to express his remorse about the incident, and told the court “I am sorry for what has happened and the hurt and embarrassment it has caused me and my mother.”

He also promised to be on good behavior.

Magistrate Carette-George told Polydore “you are working, continue to do so and don’t do anything illegal…..don’t come back before this court again”.

He was fined EC$800.00 to be paid by July 31, 2012 (he could face two months in jail if the fine is not paid) for possession of cannabis with intent to supply.