‘I can be a productive citizen in society’ Mahaut man tells magistrate

first_img 15 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweetcenter_img Court gavel. Photo credit: kirtok.comA young man who believes he has the potential to be a good product of society found himself at the Court’s mercy on Thursday when he pleaded guilty to possession of Cannabis.Harry George Blanc of Jimmit was charged for possession of cannabis in Mahaut on June 5th, 2012.According to the police prosecutor Blanc who was in the vicinity of the Lab, a popular bar in Mahaut, had a brown paper bag and started walking briskly after spotting police officers on foot patrol in the area.The officers approached Blanc and asked if they search him to which he replied; “marijuana I have in my bag for me to smoke”.He was then arrested and taken into police custody.In mitigation Blanc said the facts given by the prosecutor was not entirely true.“I didn’t walk away briskly because I didn’t even know they were police officers”.He further stated “I believe I can be a productive citizen in society. I work; as a matter of fact I was coming from work at Donkey Beach where I do spray painting”.Magistrate Candia Carette- George told Blanc that if he feels he has such “potential” he should “stop smoking”.He then informed the court that his “situation” was “special” but it was a “long complicated” story.He went on to explain that because he is “alone” most of the times, he considers smoking as a form of “company”.The magistrate encouraged him to “make friends”, but he told her “that not working for me”.Before sentencing, Carrette- George told Blanc what would “save” him is the fact that he is a first time offender and therefore he would not receive a custodial sentence.She told him that he is a “young man” with “opportunities” available to him.He was fined $500.00 to be paid by June 30th, 2012 or in default he will serve one (1) month in prison.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews ‘I can be a productive citizen in society’ Mahaut man tells magistrate by: – June 11, 2012 Sharelast_img