A handyman was yesterday sentenced to three years imprisonment when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on a charge of possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.
Twenty-five-year-old Carldale Aaron, of Norton Street, Bagotstown, East Bank Demerara, pleaded guilty to the charge which read that on June 26 at John Street, Werk-en-Rust, he had in his possession 102 grams of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.
Police Prosecutor Simone Payne told the court that on the day in question police observed the accused standing at a corner on John Street, Werk-en-Rust, holding a black bag and acting in a suspicious manner. The court heard that accused upon seeing a police mobile patrol dropped the bag and ran.
The police gave chase and the accused was later apprehended. A search was carried out on the bag in the presence of the accused, during which a quantity of leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be narcotics was unearthed.
The accused was then arrested and taken to the Alberttown Police Station where he admitted in a caution statement to ownership of the narcotics.
The accused in his address to the court stated that he recently had a surgery done and due to his condition he was unable to find a job.
“I know what I did was wrong. I recently got a kidney removed and I was not feeling well. I was looking for work because my girlfriend was constantly complaining because I was not getting money to support my children.
I talked to a friend about a job because I did not want to go and thief people stuff. My friend helped me out with the ‘weed’ and I was going to sell it and make a ‘lil hussle’ to support my children.”
When asked by the magistrate if he was ever charged before, the accused told the court that he was charged two years back for simple larceny, but the charge was dismissed against him due to insufficient evidence.
The father of two was fined $153,000 along with the three years imprisonment.
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