Man fined for carrying weed-cutting scissors

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Man fined for carrying weed-cutting scissors

A Ti Rocher man was on Friday fined $400 for possession of a scissors who reportedly uses for cutting his weed.

Jimmy John Joseph was arrested during a routine police patrol in the Ti Rocher area on January 23, 2013.

Joseph was said to have aroused the suspicion of SPC E Deterville who asked him permission to conduct a search on his person. Permission was granted.

The search turned up a pair of scissors in a back pocket.  Joseph was then cautioned and informed that it was a felony to have the scissors in his possession.  To this he replied: “I does have my scissors to chop my weed, cuz every morning I does smoke a spliff before I go to work.”

In sentencing Joseph, Magistrate Michelle Louis stated that not only was it a crime to have the scissors in his possession, but he was open about its use in another illegal activity.

Louis imposed a fine of $400 to be paid by February 28, 2013 or in default spend 30 days in prison.

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  1. Hey guys its good to see that you all are taking a keen interest in the justice system here in St.Lucia.I see you guys are critisising the magistrate's decision but you guys should take time out to learn the law maybe then you can have a better understanding and therefore will not find yourselves in a similar situation to this young man did. By being in possession of this pair of scissors without a proper explanation for being in possession of it he could be charged for the offence of possession of bladed article or dangerous weapon which in countries like Bermuda for example would carry a maximum sentence of 3 years imprisonment. Do you know how many people have been stabbed to death in st.lucia with the aid of a pair of scissors? In this case he used the defence of using it to chop his weed which was very stupid on his part as there is also a charge of possession of drug equipment which the scissors became once he used it to chop his weed and if it were to be tested and any residue found on it he would be convected of the offence.

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  2. You see when I say St.Lucia is simply lawless.What did the poor guy do to deserve a four hundred fine? I think the stupid policeman got angry when the guy made a smart remark to him so he made him pay for it. The Magistrate is a bigger imbecile because he thinks the guy is smoking a bigger and better weed than him before they both get to work me roro.I had a good laugh befor I head out to work 7/7 shift night night everyone.

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  3. First of I need to see the law that having a scissors in a bag is illegal and I will have to tell teachers,students and shop keepers that it is against the law. Secondly i would deny ever saying that as I had no law present. They just taking advantage of the ignorant there.

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  4. WTF a magistrate actually sentenced that .... Man st.lucia's justice system is getting more retarded each day

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  5. DONT chastize the individual for BEING an honest citizen. He realizes the inefficiency of the police force to Curb the levels of weed and its very wide spread influence. SO i dont think he shouldve been fined. Every has weed on them go after the suppliers not the poor people on the street using it. Ur fining them drivin them into poverty and forcing them to look to other ways of earning money like robbery.

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  6. What's the big deal with a scissors used for chopping weed. The poor will always be oppressed by those in authority. There are worst offenders out there walking around like they're untouchable. Leave the man alone and let him cut his weed in peace. He's not walking around with it looking for trouble. Weed is already legal in parts of the U.S but st lucia is giving a young man a criminal record for carrying a scissors used to chop it. Bull shit.

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    • Oh please. did you read the article at all? He was not charged for the reason.. he was charged for possessing the scissors.. I think that is a stupid charge anyways....
      Obviously he didn't have a lawyer.... i don't see how with a lawyer this case could have gone forward

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