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Dominican trucker fined for cannabis

The Magistrate’s Court building in John’s Hole Tortola.

A Dominican man was fined more than $900 after cannabis was found in his possession on June 19 last year.

Charged with possession 24 grams of cannabis is 21-year-old Bradley Bell of an undisclosed local address.

The trucker entered a guilty plea when he appeared before Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste-DaBreo recently.

Leading up to his sentence, the magistrate had said: “I do not believe a custodial sentence is warranted.”

The court said it considered his young age, his remorse, his good character, and his early guilty plea as mitigating factors when determining his sentence.

Magistrate DaBreo then fined the young offender $950 to be paid by December 23.

If he fails to pay the fine, he will spend two months at Her Majesty’s Prison.

I am sorry

Addressing the court, Bell had said: “I am sorry, it won’t happen again.”

What the court heard happened

The court heard that on the day in question, Bell along with his friends was caught by police with the controlled drug at Long Bay, Beef Island.

They were subsequently charged. But after accepting responsibility for the drugs, the Crown offered no evidence against the others. The charges against them were subsequently dismissed.

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  1. smiley says:

    nice. i love how you all handle this..now tell me why you all jail a man after irma for a TV and he could of done the same? smh

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  2. know how says:

    There are two sets of legal judjement in the Virgin Islands. A more lenient and considerate one for the expat and a hard and unreasonable one for the locals. In God in trust for today for you and tomorrow will be for me.

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  3. oh mannn says:

    Mannn them was just socializing why he had to get caught up with the police.. Go lock up people for drinking Alcohol and being drunk and disgusting on the road… why you gotta lock up people for weed… the healing of the Nation….

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