Gabriel’s attorney asked that the court show his client leniency by applying the one-third discount available to first-time offenders.
Gardner took this into consideration and granted the discount in the form of a non-custodial sentence. She was however very firm when she explained that her decision was as a result of Gabriel being a father of four children, one boy and three girls.
Gardner told Gabriel: “you should be ashamed of yourself. You should start acting like a father.”
She went on to ask him what kind of role model was he providing to his son and daughters.
On the possession charge, Gabriel is fined $1,000 to be paid by December 30, 2012 or spend four months at Bordelais. On the intent to supply charge, Gabriel is fined $3,000 payable by March 30, 2013 or in default spend six months at Bordelais.
Gabriel is also ordered to attend parenting classes so that he can “start to understand his role as a father and be a role model, not a drug dealer”.