2.5 Year Prison Sentence: Importing Cannabis

August 31, 2015

Appearing in Magistrates Court this morning [Aug 31], Charles Paul, who had previously plead guilty to conspiring with others to import approximately 6,400 grams of cannabis, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

Defense counsel Ms. Susan Mulligan had submitted that Mr. Paul’s decision to import the substance was motivated by his desire to use the money that he had been offered to transport the cannabis to pay for an operation.

Ms. Mulligan told the Magistrate that because of a deteriorating medical condition, Mr. Paul had already had toes amputated and medical authorities had advised him that his leg could be saved if he had an operation that he would need approximately $30,000 for.

Ms Mulligan explained that he was unable to access other helping agencies like the L.C.C.A. because he was in arrears with them.

Given the opportunity to speak for himself, Mr Paul told the Magistrate: “I was laying home with my toe cut off. I made that decision.”

During the pre-sentencing submission by Ms Mulligan, the Magistrate had commented that as far as he knew, all prisoners were entitled to receive medical care.

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