R v Maguerite (: CO 63 2016) [2017] SCSC 345 (07 April 2017);

 

I have heard counsel in mitigation. The Convict is 46 years old.  He is a father of two children, one 7 years old and another one is 16 months old who is actually ill in the hospital. He is a first offender and he has pleaded guilty.  He has saved the Court’s time and expenses of a trial.

 

I have heard learned counsel who has moved the Court to show leniency and not to impose a prison sentence on the Convict. I have considered all the mitigating factors and I have also considered all the aggravating factors under the Misuse of Drugs Act 2016.   I find no aggravating circumstances and no aggravating factors to warrant a sentence of imprisonment.

 

I impose for:-

-     Count 1, a fine of Rs45,000 on the Convict and

-     Count 2 a fine of Rs5, 000 totalling Rs50, 000.

 

He has 6 months to pay. He can pay by instalments.  In default of payment that is if he does not pay, a sentence of 2 years imprisonment would be activated.

 

He can appeal against the sentences within 30 working days.

 

 

 

Signed, dated and delivered at Ile du Port on 7 April 2017

 

 

 

 

Judge of the Supreme Court