A West End man was fined $5,000 after he was caught with 55 grams of cannabis five years ago.
Corey Butler pleaded guilty to common assault and following a trial, was found guilty of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply to another.
In handing down the sentence on Friday, Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards said the seriousness and prevalence of the offences were considered to be aggravating factors.
On the other hand, his completion of the Partnership for Peace Programme and his show of remorse went to his benefit.
Coupled with a $5,000 fine, the drug offender was also given a 12-month prison sentence that was suspended for two years. This means he will only serve that prison term if he commits another offence in the next two years.
The fine must be paid by August 30.
The court said he was not incarcerated because of the time that has already elapsed since the date of the offence.
In the meantime, on the common assault charge, he was cautioned, reprimanded and discharged.
What the court heard happened
The court heard that police responded to a domestic dispute between Butler and his girlfriend at the home they shared on November 4, 2014.
During that time, police searched the home and reportedly found the drugs.
He was subsequently arrested and charged with the aforesaid offences.
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