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Cop convicted of ganja possession loses appeal

Published:Monday | February 29, 2016 | 2:54 PM

Police constable Audley Coleman has lost his appeal against his convictions for possession of ganja and dealing in ganja.

However, he has been successful in having the mandatory six-month prison term set aside.

On Friday, the Court of Appeal ruled that the Resident Magistrate imposed the wrong sentence for the amount of ganja that was found in Coleman's possession.

In April 2014, Coleman was convicted for possession of 10.6 ounces of ganja and was fined $15,000 or six months' imprisonment.

He was also convicted of dealing in ganja and was fined $15,000 or six months' imprisonment.

In addition, Coleman was ordered to serve a mandatory six-month prison term on each count.

One of the grounds of appeal was that the sentence was excessive.

The Court of Appeal found that the correct fines were not imposed according to law and set aside the sentences.

Coleman was instead fined $1,000 or six months' imprisonment for possession of ganja and $2,000 or six months' imprisonment for dealing in ganja.

The cop who was represented by attorney-at-law Zavia Mayne, was on bail pending the outcome of his appeal.

On appeal, prosecutor Melony Taylor Domville argued that the Resident Magistrate did no err in finding Coleman guilty of the offences.

The Court of Appeal agreed and upheld the convictions.