Alan 'Skill' Cole's prison sentence quashed
The appeals court today quashed the 18-month prison sentence that was imposed on former Jamaican footballer Allan" Skill" Cole after his 2007 conviction on ganja-related charges.
Cole had been on bail awaiting the outcome of his appeal.
While the Court of Appeal quashed his conviction for taking preparatory steps to export ganja and set aside his 18-month prison sentence, it upheld his convictions for possession of ganja for which Cole was fined 15 thousand dollars or three months imprisonment.
He was also fined $500,000 or one year imprisonment for using his premises for the storage of ganja.
The court today reduced that fine to $300,000 or one year imprisonment.
Cole is to pay a total of $315,000 but his lawyer Patrick Atkinson has applied for time to pay the money.
The Court granted Cole four weeks with a surety to pay the fine.
He was convicted in 2007 by Resident Magistrate Desiree Alleyne in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.
Evidence was given at the trial that policemen from the Narcotics Division went to Cole’s premises on Deanery Drive, Kingston 3 on February 6, 2002.
During a raid carried out on the premises, the police seized 60 parcels of ganja weighing approximately 148.45 kilograms or 326.59 pounds.
It was reported then that the ganja had a street value of $46 million.
Cole and five other men who were on the premises were arrested and charged.
The men were freed as the RM said there was lack of evidence to connect them with the offence.