Kittitian male fined for cannabis possession and Preliminary Inquiry dates set for incarcerated prisoners

By: Gavincia Clarke

(CHARLESTOWN, NEVIS)- At the District ‘C’ Magistrate Court on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Alphonso James of Conaree, St. Kitts pleaded guilty to having in his possession 48.1 grams of cannabis.

According to the facts presented in court by Police Prosecution, Inspector Trevor Mills is that on Monday, February 11, 2013 at about 4:10 p.m. Constable Kennedy Stevens was on bike patrol duty at the Charlestown pier when he saw the defendant disembark from the M.V. Sea Hustler. The Constable approached the defendant and identified himself. He then conducted a search on the defendant for control drugs, guns and ammunition.

During the search the officer found two transparent plastic bags containing vegetable material suspected to be cannabis.

The Magistrate questioned James and asked what he had to say for himself. To this question he replied, ‘I used the drug for myself I don’t distribute’.

He was convicted and fined $2000.00 to be paid in 6 months or serve 6 months imprisonment.

Also appearing before Her Honor, Yasmine Clarke were nine incarcerated prisoners seeking to have dates set for their Preliminary Inquires (P.I). Among the prisoners was Geoffrey Romany. Romany appeared before the court on fraudulent conversion charges. His P.I continued on Thursday of last week.

Raphael Wallace of New Castle, Dustin Lapsey of Bath Village and Asim Parris of Stoney Grove had their P.I dates set for February 28, 2013. The three accused victims were charged with the 2011 murder of Gary Smithen.

Akeem Foster and Ronald Robinson who were both charged with burglary and robbery will have their P.I. on February 21, 2013 while Rupert Bridgewater will have his P.I. hearing on March 14, 2013.

Craig Halliday of St. Kitts, accused of the 2008 murder of Leon ‘Gravo’ Westerman will have his P.I. hearing on March 21, 2013.

If all the Preliminary Inquiry matters are successfully completed, and the Police Prosecution present sufficient evidence, the accused men will stand trial during the April 2013 Criminal Assizes.

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