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“$5 bag” costs man $750

COURT TODAY BLOCKAfter throwing away a wrapper containing cannabis for fear of being caught, Kelly Glen Francis then threw himself at the mercy of the court.

As a result, he will now have four weeks to come up $750, or he will spend three months in prison.

When the 37-year-old route taxi driver of Green Hill, St Michael appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court this afternoon, he quickly pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis.

The repeat drug offender however begged the court for mercy when asked if he had anything to say.

“I throw myself at the mercy of the court,” Francis pleaded.

Magistrate Douglas Frederick then browsed through his previous convictions, some of which were also for possession of illegal drugs.

“You like paying the court money?” the magistrate asked him, before punishing him with the fine.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Martin Rock told the court that as officers approached Francis today to speak with him, a pungent smell aroused their suspicion.

Before they got any opportunity to search him, Francis took a paper wrapping from his pants pocket and threw it way.

The paper was retrieved by officers, and when examined it was found to contain the illegal drug.

When asked to account for it, Francis replied, “I had this herb since last night.”

The drugs weighed 0.5 grammes, and had a street value of $5.

He was subsequently arrested and charged.

42 Responses to “$5 bag” costs man $750

  1. Rachel Odle
    Rachel Odle March 11, 2016 at 9:24 am

    I could have swear a French tourist got caught with weed trying to come through port and all he got was 300 dollar fine . Why are Bajans getting fined 750 ?????

    • Mark Kozielec
      Mark Kozielec March 11, 2016 at 10:26 am

      It says that it wasn’t his first offense. Maybe that’s why. Just a guess though

    • Kevin Cave
      Kevin Cave March 11, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      Because we are a bunch of asses.
      So the powers that be are riding us to town.

  2. Rachel Odle
    Rachel Odle March 11, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Where is the justice ?? Are tourists more important than Bajans ? Just asking

  3. Nobby Wilkinson
    Nobby Wilkinson March 11, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Christene Inniss

  4. Celestine Duke
    Celestine Duke March 11, 2016 at 10:02 am


  5. Cherry-Ann Seale
    Cherry-Ann Seale March 11, 2016 at 10:05 am


  6. Devon Burton
    Devon Burton March 11, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Seem to me that this judge used good reasoning and judgement considering these foolish laws. This man should not be harassed or even charged, fined and convicted for a $5 bag. Time to change the laws to reflect the will of the people and catch up with the rest of the world.

    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty March 11, 2016 at 11:43 am

      We are a nation of laws whether sound or unsound, and must obey them until such time as lawmakers deem them no long effective. Being weak on crime doesn’t send the correct message to the criminal class, who see this as an opportunity to continue to violate the law.

      • Wayne.dread March 12, 2016 at 1:49 pm

        The same laws that allowed attorneys to place clients monies in their personal accounts and use the interests as their personal vain, and even provide a grace period for maximum gains while the actual owners are denied access to their own funds. The gross injustice in our country is our justice system, the main perpetrators archaic laws and those who are supposed to enforce said there any question why so many attorneys mishandle people’s monies, It’s quite clear that the offender needs help and the courts are only adding to his addiction by not offering treatment as an alternative

        • Leroy March 14, 2016 at 6:36 pm

          Why pay/offer treatment when the $750 is needed in treasury?

    • Lawrence Griffith
      Lawrence Griffith March 11, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      In Sweden the system is not to punish but reform. Yet we have a society that doesn’t see revenge because they have been mugged and want the person jailed. I lived in a very tolerant society where as you can choose when to go to jail, limiting the impact it has on your job and family. Now that might sound delusional and disconnected but it keeps family together and economic flow in the family if that person is the bread winner. Barbados can benefit from some of the Scandinavian system not all but those that can work..

    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty March 11, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      Who told you that the system of jurisprudence America wasn’t ground on three fundamental principles: apprehension, incarceration and rehabilitation. So let me guess: the crime and divorce rate in Sweden is amongst the lowest in the world, since the judicial system is set up to keep families together, as well as money in your pocket? Sweden sounds like that Utopia we all have been searching for, but was unattainable, but in our imagination.

  7. Maxie Taylor
    Maxie Taylor March 11, 2016 at 10:10 am

    2016, 50 years of independence, and we’re stuck with 60’s thinking.

  8. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade March 11, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Sorry but i must laugh

  9. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade March 11, 2016 at 10:58 am
  10. Kimberly Simmonds
    Kimberly Simmonds March 11, 2016 at 11:17 am

    My gosh its a $5 bag.. smh

  11. Christopher Hill
    Christopher Hill March 11, 2016 at 11:21 am

    this just goes t show that this gem of the caribbean is just on a zero progression. whilst the rest of the world is decriminalising and making way for change Barbados is progressively stepping backwards. all the politions and judges should grow a pair and enter the world as we know it today.

  12. Lawrence Griffith
    Lawrence Griffith March 11, 2016 at 11:25 am

    ”Magistrate Douglas Frederick then browsed through his previous convictions, some of which were also for possession of illegal drugs.”
    I don’t agree with him because this is a non-violent offense and he didn’t harm anyone than himself. Just keep this in mind as I point out a few examples where double standard in the justice system. Just a few days ago 2 French teenagers were fined $300 each. A practicing attorney was given bail for stealing 165 thousand dollars of her clients money and given bail. Went home smiling to a warm bed. Keep in mind as well this is the same magistrate in all 3 cases. Which case is most serious and why he comes to these decisions?
    My point is the one with the less money is made an example of, and also shows the level of bias against the weakest person.
    This might look like him doing his job, but take into consideration that less money for him and maybe his family. This can start a chain reaction of a turn of events that isn’t even in the frame.
    My main point is the justice system pray on the less fortunate and do so much damage to our society. This is one example here where money is being extracted from the one less likely can afford to pay and fight back..

  13. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha March 11, 2016 at 11:33 am

    The system is soooooo retarded..lbarrrr

  14. kathy-Ann Clarke March 11, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Wow, thats nuff money to pay for a $5 bag, he better did keep it on him,or get caught using it. Fine a bit tuff,tho.

  15. Ras March 11, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    This is so ridiculous charging a man $750 for something that Jah created for man to have free of cost. Anything that Jah created is LEGAL.

  16. Jema Goodluck
    Jema Goodluck March 11, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Wow, one of the most expensive bag of weed.

  17. Nakita Boyce
    Nakita Boyce March 11, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    No words

  18. Mark Fenty
    Mark Fenty March 11, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Lawrence Griffith, I wholeheartedly agree with your narrative, but if you are forewarned of a Criminal Justice System that is hostile towards those persons from the lower echelon of society, why would you go and violate the law in prescience of the disparities in the system that militates you?
    It is like telling a Black person stay far away from salt because of your sensitive to it, and its negative impact upon your blood pressure. And yet you continue to consume it and end up with a stroke or a heart attack. Whose fault is it? Now I know many if not all would agree that there ought and must be criminal justice reform regarding the Haves and the Have Nots, but until then we ought keep out of it.

    • Lawrence Griffith
      Lawrence Griffith March 11, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      First I don’t know what point you trying to prove but since you called me out I give a response. Yes, I do have a narrative and that is to defend the less fortunate and poor.
      If you take into consideration what he’s been fined for you see that it was a non-violent offense. It’s not a criminal case but was elevated to that status on the war on drugs. He didn’t hurt anyone but himself if that’s the case. What you don’t understand is all western nations practice common law and the magistrate or judge don’t have to punish anyone but use common sense instead. Imposing a stiffer punishment or fine doesn’t deter people from braking the law. My main point is its a waste of time and resources to go after petty offenses. Why did’t he go after the attorney that stolen her clients money and denied her bail.

    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty March 11, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      I do understand the concept of Common Law, and what you do not understand is the fact that the judges on the state and federal level here dispense justice differently.

    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty March 11, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      For example: a judge on the state level has the latitude to rule at his or her discretion, while a judge at the federal level here in the states is confined by what is called federal sentencing guidelines.

      • Wayne Dread March 12, 2016 at 2:12 pm

        Guidelines are not rules, so if you want to sond profound, do your research,

    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty March 11, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      And what it simply means is that a judge on the state level can give you from the maximum to the minimum, while on the federal level if the guidelines says 15 years that what you get, no more no less.

    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty March 11, 2016 at 4:07 pm

      There is a Latin concept in the law called: Dura lex sed lex.” And what that simply means is, the Law is harsh but it is the law.

  19. Khanum Hatap Aabbab
    Khanum Hatap Aabbab March 11, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    The system is not build for the so called black woman man and child

  20. Kevin Welch
    Kevin Welch March 11, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    A man got it stiff for a spliff in the US in de 50’s. A neuroprotective, neuroregenerative substance some say.

  21. Mark Fenty
    Mark Fenty March 11, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Lawrence Griffith, any lawyer would tell you that is would cost the state more to investigate White Collar Crime as a posed to Blue Collar Crime. To investigate some of the corrupted lawyers in Barbados would require the services of a Forensic Accountant, who meticulously take his or her time to pour through records to ascertain the information he or she needs to present as evidence, and this obviously will cost the state dollars.

  22. Adrian Reid
    Adrian Reid March 11, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    He should have stolen $165000.00 he would have leave court with a big smile on his face or better yet he should have the prime minister as his friend then he would be out driving bout his range Rover ,maddness this is 2016 stop unfair poor people,people should be allowed a small amount of herb to have on them

    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty March 11, 2016 at 5:52 pm

      Whether it is a small or large amount of weed isn’t the question. What is to be considered however, is the fact that there has been a violation of the criminal code. And the magistrate deliberating this case has it within his discretion to rule in what manner he sees fit, but within the frontier or the letter of the law and he did so.

  23. Jason Prescod
    Jason Prescod March 11, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Look…If yuh poor…keep out the system…however if you in the insurance business….

  24. Veronica Straker
    Veronica Straker March 11, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Lawyer steals client money…… Walks out of court free and smiling.

  25. Leroy March 14, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Havent he learnt in school not to throw wrappers on the ground, and it contained dope too! Un-heard of on 2 counts, surprised he wasnt charged for littering. lol


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