Court: Man Sentenced To 30 Days For Cannabis

June 3, 2015

Appearing in Magistrates Court yesterday [June 2], 52-year-old Mervin Symonds chose to serve thirty days in prison in default of paying a $300 fine after he had plead guilty to possessing cannabis in Spanish Point in February 2015.

Facts read in by the Crown Prosecutor were that Mr Symonds had been sitting on a wall drinking a beer. When accosted by police, he told police: “I have a spliff”. A police search confirmed that.

This morning, when Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo fined him $300 for the offence, Mr Symonds told the Magistrate: “I don’t have any change”. The Magistrate asked if he intended to serve time in default, and Mr Symonds replied: “I might as well”.

The Magistrate reviewed Mr Symonds file, noted that he had other unpaid fines outstanding, and told Mr Symonds that he would have to serve 30 days in default and concurrent and that all his fines would disappear.

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