Luford George, a 36-year-old man of Calibishie is expected to spend the next three years at the State prison after he lost his appeal against a sentence for possession of a controlled drug.
He appeared before the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal on Thursday.
In 2009, George was convicted for possession of 319 pounds of marijuana and was fined $638,000 by then magistrate, Tiyani Behanzin.
At the appeal court hearing, George was unrepresented but Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Gene Pestaina, conceded to the court that the fine was “manifestly excessive” and proposed a fine of $50,000.
However, George told the court that he was a “construction worker” who earned $400 a week and would only be able to pay EC$100 a month if the $50,000 was imposed.
Not amused, the court told George that what he was proposing was clearly not acceptable and he needed to speak out if they were to assist him. A lawyer in the court came to his assistance but it was clear that George was not prepared to pay any fine.
When George’s file was examined, it was revealed that just a year ago he was fined for possession of illegal drugs on two occasions.
“He has not learnt his lesson and from his previous experiences … He is not a first time offender and a means test conducted by the court shows he does not have the means to pay a fine,” the judges said.
They also agreed that the fine was “excessive” but also stated that while they will allow the appeal against sentence in part. “You are therefore sentenced to three years in jail starting today,” the judges stated.