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180 hours for officer

Security Officer on drug charges gets community service

COURT TODAY BLOCKA security officer who pleaded guilty to four drug charges last month, was sentenced to 180 hours of community service last Friday.

Sandor Maurice Barker, who lives at #43 Neem Close, Lower Burney, St Michael admitted to the August 10 offences of possession, intent to supply, trafficking and cultivating 247 grams of marijuana when he first went before the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.

Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant ordered a presentencing report at that time. In determining his sentence, she considered that report, the fact that Barker had “exhibited exemplary behaviour for 45 years of his life” and was a first time offender.

Sergeant Neville Reid had told the Court that when police went to execute a search warrant at Barker’s home they found him in his backyard. After seeing the police, Barker pulled up six marijuana plants from some pots and ran off. He was pursued and caught.

Attorney-at-law Arthur Holder told the court last time that his client was a 45-year-old with a “hitherto clean record”. He added that the father of two was married and completing a degree.

On Friday, Holder submitted that his client has “lost his 21 years” as an employee of the Barbados Port Authority and he (Holder) was surprised by that action taking place before the court matter was completed.

Pointing to the presentencing report, Holder added that information coming from Barker’s former workplace was that he had a good record of punctuality and attendance, and had never breached any administrative rules there.

The lawyer urged the court to impose community service so that Barker could continue to keep a clean record. He returns to court on January 29 next year.

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