Excessive Alcohol Consumption Lands Kalinago Man in Court
33 year old farmer and construction worker Patterson Joseph of Gaullet River Kalinago Territory, will have to work overtime after being fined a total of $3420 for various charges, after pleading guilty when he faced Roseau Magistrate Bernard Paquette on Tuesday June 25th.
According to the facts of the case, at about 1:30pm Joseph was seen damaging the windshield of a Mitsubishi pickup registration number PB361 belonging to Matthew Darroux and the police was called, who met the defendant near the vehicle.
He was searched and a clear plastic bag containing what appeared to be cannabis and a foil with what appeared to be crack cocaine was found on his person. He was cautioned and arrested.
During mitigation, Joseph stated he was under the influence of alcohol at the time and is sorry about the incident and he is willing to pay for the damage to the vehicle.
Magistrate Paquette before handing down his sentence advised Joseph who is a father of three children that he needs to change his ways for the betterment of his children.
On the charge of possession of cocaine he was fined $2000 to be paid by December 25th 2013 or in default sentenced to one year imprisonment, while there was no separate penalty for the charge of possession of cannabis.
The defendant was also fined $500 for malicious damage to be paid by September 30th 2013 or in default sentenced to three months in prison, and ordered to pay the sum of $920.00 also to be paid by September 30th in compensation to Matthew Darroux or in default sentenced to three months in prison.