“You’re a nice fisherman and you’re a nice farmer. But you did one bad thing and the one bad thing you did is destroying yourself and the young people of Grand Bay…,” are the words Chief Magistrate Evelina Baptiste leveled at a convicted Grand Bay drug pusher this morning after he pleaded guilty to the possession and intent to supply 600 grams of cannabis.
“I see too many youngsters in your community of Grand Bay…school children who are hooked drugs… You can do better for your community. You are contributing to that… You are pretending to be nice; you’re behaving like the devil,” she blurted.
Forty-year-old Marcelis Xavier had told police after being caught with the substance at his home during a search on June 22, “Officer I do a little fishing and a little thing on the side because things are hard.”
An amount of EC $605 and US $4 which was found in Xavier’s right front pocket at that time was also confiscated by police.
According to the court, the street value of the said drugs is $1,500.
In mitigation, Xavier apologized for his actions and asked the magistrate to do him the “favour” of exercising mercy in sentencing him. The magistrate replied, “We don’t do favours here. You’ve come to the wrong place for a favour. Go find an ice cream shop maybe they will give you a favour ….”
“I am real sorry Mam,” Xavier pleaded.
“Don’t tell me sorry. You must tell yourself you’re sorry…Go and apologize to the peoples’ children…” she advised him.
Xavier was fined $4,000 for the possession of cannabis conviction. He is to pay that sum by July 30, 2010 or he will face six months imprisonment.
He was also fined $2,500 also to be paid by July 30 or he will face five months in jail.