A teary eyed man, who asked the court to be lenient with him because he’s a “good father” to his four children, was today sentenced to four years imprisonment for trafficking close to half pound of marijuana.
Kevin Clarke appeared before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman and pleaded guilty to the charge which alleged that on June 14, at 135 King Edward Street, Albouystown, he had in his possession 184 grams of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
An emotional Clarke, in addressing the court, stated, “It’s my first offence. I only did it because I recently lost my job. And that was the only thing left for me to do. I did it to for my family. I’m very sorry. I’m very sorry please forgive me.”
Police Prosecutor, Arvin Moore, told the court that on the day in question, ranks from Criminal Investigation Department (CID), went to the above mentioned address, after receiving certain information.
A search was carried out on the premises and a quantity of leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be marijuana, was found concealed in a barrel in Clarke’s room.
The court heard that the defendant was not at home when the search was carried out, but his step daughter, who was at home at the time, told ranks that the bag belonged to him.
Clarke was later arrested and taken to Brickdam Police Station where he admitted to owning the illicit drug in a caution statement.
The Magistrate after listening to the prosecutor imposed the custodial sentence and a $30,000 on Clarke