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80 hours of community service for 140 grams of cannabis

80 hours of community service for 140 grams of cannabis
80 hours of community service for 140 grams of cannabis
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A man was ordered by the Supreme Court to undertake community service after having pleaded guilty to possession of 140 grams of cannabis.
On 14 February 2020, 41 years old Henry Daniel was seen at the MV Urata anchored at the former Government Wharf, Port Vila. He was stopped and searched.
Inside a bag he was carrying the police located a package containing suspected cannabis. The contents were weighed and found to weigh 140 grams. The content were also tested and confirmed to be cannabis.
Mr Daniel admitted the packages contained cannabis. He explained that it belonged to him and that is was a gift. He stated a friend had asked him to source a solar light, and in return had given Mr Daniel the package. Mr Daniel had ignored the fact the package was in his bag for several months prior to this apprehension.
Delivering his judgement on 29 June, Justice Andree Wiltens let the defendant know that the maximum penalty for such offending is 20 years imprisonment, and/or a fine of up to Vt100 million.
The Court found that the married father of four children co-operated with the police and is said to be remorseful. He has spent 24 hours in custody prior to being sentenced.
For his personal factors, the judge reduced the sentence start point by 4 months. Considering that the defendant pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity and that the prosecution case against him was that he was caught red-handed, the judge reduced the sentence start point by 25% for his prompt guilty plea by a further 2 months.
Mr Daniel therefore needs to remain offence-free for 18 months in order to be able to remain in the community. He was ordered to serve 80 hours of community service.

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