R v Fred (CO 12 of 2023) [2023] SCSC 513 (10 July 2023)


  1. I have heard learned counsel in mitigation. The convict is a first offender.  He is 30 years old and has a child of 9 months old who depends on him. He is in gainful employment at H.I.S. He has pleaded guilty and not wasted the Court’s time and expenses of the trial.
  2. The amount of drug is not on the high side and it is a class B drug. Learned counsel has also indicated several cases which are similar and where no sentences of firm imprisonment have been imposed. Having considered the mitigating factors, I do not see any aggravating factor to be considered in this case.
  3. I will sentence the convict to a term of 1 year imprisonment suspended for two years with condition that he does not commit any similar offence for the next two years.
  4. In addition, I also impose a fine of Rs10, 000/- to be paid within 6 months of today. He can pay by instalments. Default of payment would result in term of 6 months imprisonment.
  5. He can appeal against the sentence within 30 working days.


Signed, dated and delivered at Ile du Port on 07th July 2023




G. Dodin


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