Court: 52-Year-Old Gets Suspended Sentence

October 27, 2015

Appearing in Magistrates Court this morning [Oct 27], 52-year-old Paget resident Morris Sousa was handed a suspended sentence after admitting to possessing cannabis and cocaine.

In August, Mr Sousa plead guilty to possessing over 70 grams of cannabis, over 2 grams of cocaine, and having different grinders that were fitted for use with the illegal substances. These items were found after a police search of his car and Paget residence.

The Crown Prosecutor recommended an immediate custodial sentence between 12 and 18 months.

In Court this morning, Mr Sousa told Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo he had several health issues and “was doing that to ease my pain.”

“I am sorry,” said Mr Sousa. “I hope you have mercy on me.”

The Magistrate commented that there had been a long gap between this conviction and Mr Sousa’s last conviction, in 1995, for a similar offence.

The Magistrate ordered that the sentence was to be suspended for two years, was to be accompanied by a Probation Order that lasted two years, and which barred him from using any illegal substances for the Probation period.

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