R v Samson (CO 53/2020)  SCSC 501 (28 July 2020);
Trafficking and Possession of drugs - Guilty Plea - Minimum sentences for 1st offender
- I have heard Counsel in mitigation. The convict is a 42-year-old man. He has pleaded guilty. He has saved the Court's time and expenses of a trial and he is a first offender.
- As regards to the amount of controlled drug, it is on the low side. Although, being a class A drug, it is only 59% purity with a net weight of 2.07 grams.
- Having considered all the circumstances I can see no aggravating factors in this case. So I do not find any reason to commit the accused to imprisonment at this stage.
- I will impose the following sentence on the convict.
- I impose a sentence of one-year imprisonment which I shall suspend for three years with the condition that he does not commit any similar offense for a period of three years, otherwise the sentence of one year will be activated. I further in addition impose a fine of Ten Thousand Rupees.
- I will give the convict 6 months from today to pay his fine.
- He can appeal against the sentence within 30 working days.
Signed, dated and delivered at Ile du Port on 28th July 2020.