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Man opts for prison time after admitting drug, traffic offences

A Hamilton Parish painter was imprisoned for ten days after admitting a pair of drug charges and several traffic offences.

Marco Lovell, 32, pleaded guilty when he appeared at Magistrates’ Court to possessing cannabis and cannabis resin at St David’s Cricket Club, an increased penalty zone.

Crown counsel Tawana Tannock said around 11.10pm on December 11, 2010, officers acting on information looked in the facility’s men’s room.

They found Lovell fidgeting with his pants pocket and looking frightened. They also noticed a strong odour of burned cannabis. A search revealed a $2 bill containing a small quantity of plant material and a brown substance. They were later found to be cannabis and cannabis resin respectively.

Duty counsel Larry Mussenden said Lovell wasn’t the one smoking the cannabis, and emphasised the small quantity of the drugs.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner initially fined Lovell $3,000 or 30 days in prison in default for the two offences.

He chose to reconsider the sentence after Lovell was faced with several traffic offences.

Lovell pleaded guilty to two counts of driving without third party insurance, one count of driving an unlicensed vehicle and one count of driving without a valid licence.

He initially told the court he would pay the $1,850 in fines by the end of the day, but later asked the court for additional time explaining that his payday wasn’t until Friday.

Mr Warner noted that Lovell had failed to attend court on multiple occasions, said that he felt the defendant had no intention to pay any of the fines and was only trying to buy himself time. The magistrate offered Lovell ten days in prison to cover all of the offences including the drugs charges. Lovell accepted the offer.

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Published November 26, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated November 26, 2011 at 6:46 am)

Man opts for prison time after admitting drug, traffic offences

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