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Farmer escapes custodial sentence

March 28, 2012 1:17 am

A farmer of Waisomo Village in Kadavu convicted of being in possession of illicit drugs was sentenced to one year in prison suspended for three years.

The court heard that on February 21 this year, police received a tip-off that he had two parcels of dried leaves believed to be marijuana in his house.

Police arrested and questioned him and he admitted and led the police to his home where he showed them where the parcel was hidden.

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It was in an empty coffee bottle.

In mitigation he sought the courts forgiveness saying that he was single and earns $200 per month from his farm, and that he was remorseful for his actions.

Magistrate Thushara Ragashinge told him that he is not to re-offend within the next three years, or his initial sentence of one year will immediately be activated.

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