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Community time for drugs

Thursday, August 21, 2008

A CONTRACTOR was ordered to perform 20 hours of community service after he admitted having 2.8grams of cannabis in his possession.

Martin Kleimann, 42, of Waila, Nausori, was arrested on April 7, 2008, after police found dried leaves in a bag in his bedroom.

In passing sentence yesterday, Justice Goundar took into consideration his age and was married with three children aged one and seven. Kleimann told the court that the drugs were for personal use.

Justice Goundar said he considered community work an appropriate sentence. "You are sentenced to perform 20 hours community work under the supervision of the probation officer, Suva. You must report to the probation officer within 24 hours of this sentence," said Justice Goundar.

"The 20 hours must be performed within two months. After completing your 20 hours work, a report must be filled in court.

"A breach of the community work order makes you liable to prosecution or the cancellation of this sentence."

Justice Goundar adjourned the case to October 20 to check whether Kleimann has complied with his sentence.