This morning [Sept 20] Senior Magistrate Archie Warner sent 22-year-old George Dyer to prison for eighteen months for handling the illegal drug cannabis, which weighed 948.7 grams and said to be valued at $47,000.
Crown Prosecutor Susan Mulligan said that Mr Dyer — who was working as a Security Guard at the airport — was in possession of two packets that were strapped to his body; and one other package that he was seen to have dropped while he was moving. This was discovered after he was seen getting on an aircraft, which attracted the suspicion of a police officer who detained him for a search.
Duty Counsel Susan Moore-Williams assisted Mr Dyer and asked the Magistrate to consider his youth and his previously clean record. She said that both his parents as well as his step-mother were in Court as support for him. Ms Moore-Williams asked that a low sentence be imposed.
Ms Mulligan recommended a sentence between 3 – 4 years while noting that the maximum sentence for an offence involving this amount of drugs could be ten years. She said that Mr Dyer had cooperated with Police.
Pointing out that the Social Inquiry Report did not refer to Mr Dyer having any drug addiction or drug habit, Magistrate Warner said this left him holding the only view possible which was that this was a crime driven by sheer want of profit. The Magistrate also pointed out that there was also a serious breach of trust in that Mr Dyer was a Security Guard who was operating in a special position of trust.
The prison sentence for Mr Dyer — who is a well known local footballer – began immediately.
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