Cornelius Joseph of Boetica was slapped with an EC$600.00 fine after he pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis.
Joseph appeared before chief magistrate Evelina Baptiste after he was arrested on June 16, 2012 by police in that community.
According to police prosecution Inspector Claude Weekes, the police were summoned to the village after a report was made to them against Joseph who has a history of mental illness.
Joseph was met by the police on the main road but ran, prompting the police to give chase until he was apprehended.
A search of his person revealed the illegal substance in a clear plastic bag.
Asked to account for it he told the police, “officer just a little thing I have.”
When Joseph appeared in court a few weeks ago he was sent to the APU for treatment and the report today stated that he was “fit and proper to plead.”
Before sentencing, Joseph in his own mitigation told the court, “I am sorry for my actions and behaviour, I am not a bad person, I had the drugs saw them and started to run.”
Magistrate Baptiste told him that she liked his “frankness and honesty” with the court.
She advised him to stay away from drugs and substance abuse and fined him EC600.00 to be paid by January 31, 2013.
He faces three months in jail if he doesn’t pay up on time.
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