R v Samedi (CO 45/2013) [2015] SCSC 117 (13 April 2015);

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF SEYCHELLES

Criminal Side: CO 45/2013

 

       [2015] SCSC 117

 

 

THE REPUBLIC

 

 

versus

 

 

CLIFTON SAMEDI

 

Accused

 

 

 

 

Heard:                         13 April 2015

Counsel:                      Mr Ananth,  for the Republic

                                    Mr. Andre for the accused

Delivered:                   13 April 2015


SENTENCE


 

 

Dodin J

 

[1]               The Convict is 31 years old.  The father of 2 girls of 5 years and 3 months.  He has pleaded guilty and saved the Court’s time and expenses of holding a trial. As stated by Counsel he has always been present when the case has been called although he lives on Praslin and for the purposes of this case he is a first time offender.

[2]               Although for possession, the law does not require a mandatory prison sentence, I have noted that particularly in the last few cases that such cases continue to be on the rise and are very serious to society so a prison sentence in any event will be called for in such circumstances.

[3]               I will impose a sentence of one year imprisonment on the Convict.  If he has served any time on remand during that time that would be deducted from the sentence.

[4]               The Convict may appeal against the sentence within 30 working days.

 

Signed, dated and delivered at Ile du Port on 13 April 2013.

 

G. Dodin

 

Judge of the Supreme Court