A St Thomas man has been given two weeks to pay a $25,000 fine imposed on him back in 2013.
The fine had been imposed in two parts – $15,000 and $10,000 – after Porey Spring resident Carlos Andre Marshall pleaded guilty four years ago to possession, possession with intent to supply and trafficking of cannabis.
“I thought it was paid because my girlfriend said she paid it and no bailiff came,” the 35-year-old entrepreneur told Magistrate Douglas Frederick yesterday before requesting that he be given until February to pay the outstanding amount.
“I have people that will help me,” Marshall said.
However, the magistrate said he could not “in all good conscience” give that length of time to Marshall, who had years to settle the amount.
“You are dishonest,” the magistrate charged.
However, Marshall was adamant that his girlfriend, who lives in Canada, had told him she had paid the fine.
“Your girlfriend is not before the court, so the onus is on you. Nobody has responsibility for you but yourself. You are facing two years in prison for this unpaid find,” Frederick told the accused man, who then requested permission to make some telephone calls with a view to raising the money.
However, he was unsuccessful by the end of the day’s sitting and was remanded to HMP Dodds until October 27.