A 31-year-old Lower Estate man who was fined for having 25.8 grams of cannabis has claimed the drugs were used as a medicine for his spinal injury.
Sayied Scatliffe pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled drug and was fined $1,000 which he has up to three months to pay.
In default of not paying, he will spend one month at Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut, Tortola.
In handing down the sentence recently, Magistrate Shawn Innocent said Scatliffe’s early guilty plea, no previous convictions, along with his physical ‘injuries’ were the mitigating factors that were taken into consideration.
While mitigating on his own behalf, Scatliffe had told the court that he heard about the medicinal powers of marijuana and, as such, decided to see for himself.
“It is a nerve problem … [so] I just try it,” he said.
Magistrate Innocent, however, told him to explore other options such as acupuncture for his ailment, as opposed to drug use.
What the court heard happened
The court heard that on March 1, police executed a search warrant at Scatliffe’s residence and found the drugs.
The drugs were discovered in his bedroom inside a chest of drawers.
When asked about the weed, Scatliffe denied having knowledge of it or who it belonged to.
He was subsequently arrested and charged.
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