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January 11, 2013
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Labourer convicted

Rasbert Turner, Star Writer

A man who told the court that the ganja for which he is charged was for medical purposes was still convicted for possession of ganja in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court.

He is Joseph Thomas, 25, a labourer from Time and Patience district, St Catherine.

When he appeared before Resident Magistrate Vaughn Smith, Thomas pleaded guilty with explanation. "Your Honour, I am a person who has asthma and use the ganja to treat it," Thomas said.

He was fined $200 or 10 days, plus $2,000 or 30 days for offensive weapon. Allegations are that the accused was spotted by the police along the Time and Patience main road.

Thomas was accosted and searched during which a ratchet knife and two small parcels of ganja were taken from him.

The police subsequently charged Thomas with possession of ganja and being armed with an offensive weapon in a public place.

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