A mother of four who was carrying a “big brown box” containing snacks and marijuana says she was “duped” into committing the criminal act.
Kimberly Kerry-ann Alicia Catlyn, of Dunscombe Hill, St Thomas threw herself at the mercy of District ‘A’ Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant earlier today when she pleaded guilty to possession, possession with intent to supply and possession with intent to traffic 1.9 kilogrammes of cannabis with a $15, 200 street value on March 18, 2019.
Police Constable Kenmore Phillips told the court, officers responded to Cheapside, St Michael after receiving information. On reaching the area the saw the 38-year-old Catlyn walking in the direction of the General Post Office car park with the box. She was stopped, told of the police’s suspicion, detained and taken to the Oistins Police Station where the box was examined.
In the box according to the prosecutor were snacks. However the box also contained a false bottom which housed four silver tape packages containing the illegal substance.
“I apologise, I did something wrong. I trusted a person which was wrong. I really do apologise. I have never been in trouble before, never convicted before. I trusted someone that I shouldn’t,” the soft spoken cleaner said.
In mitigating on her behalf attorney-at-law Kashka Hemans urged the magistrate to show leniency to his client.
Hemans said Catlyn was gainfully employed, was not known to the courts and had no charges pending.
“She was duped by a person whom she placed her trust in. Be that as it may, there are consequences even if [it was done] in naivety,” the defence lawyer stated.
In handing down her sentence Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant said although the accused had several mitigating factors in her favour, she was before the courts for drugs valued at $15,200, which was a substantial amount.
Catlyn must now pay an $8,000 fine on the trafficking charge to the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court in nine months or spend 14 months in prison. She must present proof of payment to the court on December 20, 2019.
She was reprimanded and discharged on the other two offences.