A 28-year-old prisoner, who was caught hiding a quantity of cannabis in two salt breads, will spend an additional 90 days at HMP Dodds.
Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch imposed the sentence on Kerry Omar Gibbons today in the District ‘C’ Magistrates’ Court.
The inmate, who is currently serving nine years for criminal deception, reportedly put 8.65 grammes of cannabis, valued at $43.25, in two salt breads before handing them over to another inmate, who in turn placed the items in a Mello Kreem container.
According to prosecutor Station Sergeant Peter Barrow, the incident occurred in the kitchen at the St Philip penal institution on September 14.
“This is very disappointing. You are in a place of correction and discipline . . . and should not be in possession of any contraband or any illegal drugs,” the chief magistrate told Gibbons, while stating that prison officials would conduct their own investigations into the matter.
Gibson, who said he was given the drugs by a fellow inmate to give to another prisoner, has taken “full responsibility” for the incident.
“I apologize for my action and ask you to be lenient on me . . . and give me any sentence to run with my sentence,” he said.
However, that request was met with a resounding “no” from Birch.
While making it clear that Gibson must feel the consequences of his action, the chief magistrate sentenced him to 90 days, which are to be added on to his current prison sentence.