60 Days At HMP For Man Who Broke Curfew To Smoke Weed

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April 21, 2020 3:23 pm AST
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Magistrate Christilyn Benjamin sentenced a 22-year-old man from Carrot Bay to 60 days at Her Majesty’s Prison for Breach of Curfew.

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Nikolai Brathwaite pleaded guilty to the offence when he appeared before the Magistrate’s Court on Monday, April 20.

Brathwaite was found breaking the curfew on March 30 at Challwell Street between 9 am and 10 am.

Senior Prosecutor O’Neil Simpson said Brathwaite went to Main Street where he met a friend and smoked marijuana. A report was made, that there were individuals who were in breach of the curfew and police responded.

On Wednesday 15 April at 10 am police invited the accused to be interviewed and he agreed, and he revealed that he left home to purchase marijuana despite knowing fully well that the curfew was in place.

He was shown surveillance footage and, he identified himself on same. He was then charged with the offence before the court.

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Prosecutor Simpson said the maximum sentence for the offence was $1000 or three months imprisonment or both.

The Magistrate said before she imposed the sentence on him, she took into consideration his early guilty plea, the prosecution’s case and the reason why he was out of his house during the curfew.

“You decided to disrespect the curfew,” she said, before ordering that he spend time at Her Majesty’s Prison for his actions.

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