A father of two, who was caught with $500 worth of cocaine in Rodney Bay, Gros Islet, was fined a total of $3,500 when he pleaded guilty to all the charges in Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
Kim Charles, a first-time offender, was fined $2,000 for the possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) to be paid forthwith or spend three months in prison, and $1,500 for possession with intent to supply/distribute a controlled substance, payable by November 14, 2012 or face two months in prison.
According to the prosecution, police arrested Charles on Oct. 29, 2012 at about 12:30 p.m. in Rodney Bay.
Magistrate Sharon Gardner said whilst the court takes a very dim view on charges of this nature, several positive factors influenced her decision to hand down a non-custodial sentence.
She said these factors include the defendant’s early plea of guilty, he is a father of two children and he had previously served as a material witness in a capital offense case.