Nixon John of Citronier has escaped a custodial sentence due to a passionate mitigation plea from his attorney and the fact that he pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and possession with intent to supply 33 grams of the illegal substance.
Chief Magistrate Evalina Baptiste told the 42 year-old John that being a first time offender was also a strong mitigating factor in his favour.
John, who resides with his girlfriend, Thelma Bonnie Delma, was arrested by members of the Drugs Squad at the home of Delma in the early hours of April 13, 2013.
The illegal substance was found in a “calabash” and both individuals were arrested but in court, Delma pleaded not guilty to the charges while John pleaded guilty.
The prosecution, led by Sergeant Valda Powell withdrew the charges against Delma.
John’s lawyer, Ronald Charles, told the court that his client was “contrite had pleaded guilty at the first available time, not wasted the courts time and was a first time offender.”
He asked the court to be “merciful” to his client, not to impose a custodial sentence and that whatever fine that was being considered, should not be heavy.
“He has already suffered humiliation at being in the cell over the weekend for two days, he is very sorry for the incident and vowed to correct his actions in the future,” Charles told the court.
Chief Magistrate Baptiste imposed a $900.00 fine for possession of cannabis to be paid by August 21, 2013 and in default, 5 months in jail.
There was no separate penalty for the charge of possession with intent to supply.