George Bradshaw, a dialysis patient who was found with 43 grams of marijuana, was spared direct imprisonment when he appeared in the Magistrate’s Court for sentencing.
Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste-DaBreo slapped the offender with a $4,000 fine, which is to be paid by May 31.
Bradshaw will serve six months in prison if he does not complete payment by the said date.
Magistrate Baptiste-DaBreo fined the 33-year-old in consideration of his medical condition.
She however warned him to steer clear of the illegal substance, and not to compound his condition.
During a court appearance late last year, Bradshaw – who said he has been using marijuana for a ‘long time’ – asked the court not to imprison him because he has to undergo dialysis weekly.
Effectively, dialysis is a procedure that purifies the body as a substitute to the normal functions of the kidney.
How he was nabbed
The court heard that police were on mobile patrol in Road Town when they spotted Bradshaw sitting on a motorcycle, and wearing a black backpack.
They noticed that Bradshaw was eyeing their vehicle and acting suspiciously.
The law enforcement officers approached the offender and conducted a search.
The court heard that they found a ‘large quantity’ of marijuana in his bag.
“Officer, that’s weed. That’s what I do for a living,” police claimed that Bradshaw told them.
However, Bradshaw told the court that he never made the aforementioned statement.
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