Before today, Kimal Chad Simpson did not have a conviction recorded against him, although he had been charged in the past.
That all changed for the 33-year-old Hunte Street, Baxters Road, St Michael resident when he appeared on a charge of having 2.5 grammes of cannabis in his possession on February 17.
Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant imposed a $500 fine on the father of one after his attorney-at-law, Shadia Simpson urged the court to show her client some leniency.
“A conviction will be recorded this time,” the magistrate said in imposing the fine, after it was confirmed that the man had been previously before the court.
The drugs were found in his pocket by police on patrol along Browne’s Beach.
“I had it to smoke with my friend off the ship,” he told lawmen when asked to account.
He has one month to pay the fine in order to avoid spending four weeks at HMP Dodds.