Point woman fined 10K on drug charge
A middle-aged Point woman was convicted and fined $10,000 for possession of one and a half pounds of marijuana.
Juliet Joseph pleaded guilty to the charge before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh.
The woman had to pay $5,000 forthwith and the balance by July 31, or be imprisoned for one year.
She pleaded not guilty to possession with intent to transfer and that charge was withdrawn after the prosecution said it would offer no evidence.
The woman’s son, Roderick Thomas, was also charged but he denied the charges and no evidence was offered against him.
Officers from the Narcotics Department on August 23, 2011, went to Joseph’s home to execute a search warrant.
While searching the 55-year-old woman’s bedroom, the officers found a green and white plastic bag with 14 small transparent plastic bags containing the illegal drugs.
Joseph denied knowledge of the drugs and she was taken to the Police Headquarters where she was arrested and charged.
The marijuana has an estimated street value of $3,000.
Joseph is not known to the court.
Attorney Michael Archibald represented the Point resident.
Despite guilty plea accused gets reprimand
Adrian Shand was reprimanded and discharged after the court was informed that he was not the instigator in an altercation in which Cordell Tonge was injured.
Shand pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding.
The court heard that on May 22, 2011, about 3:45 pm, the victim was at work when he saw Shand walk by with some tourists.
After escorting the visitors to the parking area, the Golden Grove man purchased two Guinness and went to the area where Tonge was.
Tonge attempted to walk off but Shand grabbed him by the neck and used one of the Guinness bottles to strike him at the side of the head.
Shand then fled the scene. Tonge was taken to Mount St John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC) where he was treated and received five sutures to close the wound to his head.
A report was made to Bolans Police Station and investigations were conducted. Shand was detained and he admitted to committing the offence.
He was arrested and charged.
Shand, who is not known to the court, told the court that Tonge was the aggressor, an allegation which the investigating officer confirmed.