“Be a role model not a drug dealer” says magistrate as father of four fined for cocaine possession

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“Be a role model not a drug dealer” says magistrate as father of four fined for cocaine possession

Thomas Gabriel of Castries, who earlier this month pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and possession with intent to supply cocaine, was sentenced yesterday by Magistrate Charon Gardner.

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”.

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  1. so far i think st lucia is safe to me...despite the lil petty crime here n there...if ure not involved in drugs or violent gangs then u need not be worried of being a victim...dat only leaves u to fall prey to thieves...ppl who tend to be over flashy are the ones who get robbed n most times badly hurt maybe killed...but how many times do u hear dat kinda story on the news...wen i step out of my home i dont have to worry of no bloods n crip gang waitin for me becoz of the color of my shirt...i can send my yute to school n at the end of the day i can see him late if he pass in da game shop...i dont have to worry abt sittin on a bus with suicide bombers or worry abt a plane being guided to the roof of my government building to wreak havoc...n with that well said all dem foreigners dat tryin n say lucia full of crime tell me please how much safer do u feel back home on a bus with this cooli headed dude who keeps watchin his watch n holdin his coat while mumbling...or how many times do u have to call da school n ask if ur kids are ok...or pray dat ur son doesn't kill ur whole family...i could go on n on but then u wud al be fullin a da next jet to lucia to secure a permanent home for u n ur fam...

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  2. o you are so stupid and you have taken everything i said way out of contex and by the way Most ST LUCIANS who are high achivers don't even live here and find it hard to even relate to the way stupid people like you and mr earl think any way, i am sure you must be one on Kenny mouth piece who has a big job and drive a big car and don't give a shit about the many ST LUCIANS who cant put food on there tables.

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  3. I think the OECS should eventually join the EU but keep the currency (EC) just like the UK did. That way, there would be fluid (free flowing) foreign investments. Tourists would pay less taxes to visit, we'd have easier access to markets etc...

    It all boils down to jobs and the OECS is at a disadvantage because we cannot be 'Industrialized Nations.' I think, given a choice, most people would rather have a fair and decent job instead of the illegal trade.

    I hope they help this man find a job, otherwise, he'll be back at it in no time because 'poverty breeds desperation.'

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  4. Son of helen believe me i am not painting anything, but we all know that we have real moral problems here in our country and yes i am very aware of what is going on in Mexican citys daily but if we all don't stand up and speak out we may end up like them in time to come.

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  5. most of our richest and so called prominent business men are drug dealers or corruptors of our lovely island ST.Lucia. They are the ones who fool our young girls and young men in believing that what u have in life makes u who u are. Everybody wants to achieve a higher standard of life but at what cost? circumstances make us who we are so why don't we start helping each other get off the ground and our society might just be a better one!

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  6. Well said Earl. I agree. Every society has bad eggs, but you cant use a broad brush to paint an entire nation. We are a nation of wealth in terms of our people. Two nobel laureates, the most per capita anywhere in the world. We have amazing young people who are achieving amazing things worldwide and being recognized for it. We have the strongest economy in the OECS. We continue to grow. If you have nothing positive to say about St. Lucia nor any solutions to offer to the help uplift and develop our nation, I suggest you humbly take your shoe and place it in your mouth to stem the tide of rubbish that is emanating from your voicebox! THANK YOU!

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  7. You know I'm really getting tired/pissed of coming on this page (and similar forums) and reading disparaging comments left by readers and presumably ST. LUCIANS. What is wrong with you people - what! Is St. Lucia the only place on earth where there is crime, drugs, corruption, immorality etc - are you'll so limited in you'll world experience or view of the world to believe that our 238sq miles is the most tainted. In the time you'll take to bash and paint our island in such negative light, what have you'll done to better the country (other than pray). Our island is not perfect but it is far from the cesspool that some of you try to make it out to be. Bunch of idiots coming in these forums painting all St. Lucians with the same damn brush - like we all no good and have nothing to offer. Worst yet saying you'll crap and hiding behind psuedonyms. Damn it!

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    • I'm not saying we're 100% perfect, but they should take a look at this before they start painting.

      http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/11/01/mexican-daily-nearly-60000-drug-war-deaths-under-calderon/

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    • You know mr earl i say it as i see it and that is my view so don't bash me because i am sure you are one of those who drive a big car, is people like you who sit back and say nothing and do nothing when things are going wrong, but is very quick to bash, look buddy the truth is the truth and i know that worst happen everyday in other parts of this world but open your eyes and see what is going on in this country we call home and if you have kids then just look deep in to your sorry soul and then look in the mirror and you will see the country people like you are leaving for them to live and call home.

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  8. Big joke !!!!!!! drug dealing is the order of the day by many in ST LUCIA. Some dealers drive big cars have bige jobs and lots of women and would do what ever it take to up keep there lifestyles, the morals of the human minds is gone for ever, it's all about who you are and what you have , where you live and what you drive and most of all how many women you have.Live honest and die poor is a thing of the long forgotten past.

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