A self-employed man has been fined $1,500, payable in eight weeks time, after confessing to having cannabis over the weekend.
Marlon Mervin Wilkinson of #31 Lower Crescent, Gall Hill, Christ Church will have to spend 12 months in jail if the money is not paid by then.
Wilkinson, who was reportedly stopped and questioned by police at Cane Vale on Saturday, admitted to having cannabis in a haversack in the back seat of his car. Police found 64 grammes of the substance.
Attorney-at-law Mohia Ma’at told the Oistins Magistrates Court that his client is a 23-year-old who makes a living by selling ground provisions.
He also urged the court not to impose a custodial sentence on Wilkinson, whose last offence was three years ago and of a dissimilar nature.
Ma’at reminded Acting Magistrate Seale that Wilkinson had pleaded guilty early and had not wasted the court’s time. Further, if he were minded to impose a fine, the lawyer asked that it be “within his [client’s] reach”.
Wilkinson was fined $1,500 for trafficking and was convicted, reprimanded and discharged on the other two charges.
“Don’t come back,” Seale warned.