Thursday 22 August, 2019

George Town dad says ‘sick newborn’ forced him to smuggle drugs

Magistrate Valdis Foldats ordered a social inquiry report on Tuesday after a 23-year-old man accused of smuggling ganja into the prison said that his sick newborn forced him to the situation.

A social inquiry report provides information about an individual, which is used to determine sentencing, it is usually ordered  if an individual is found guilty or pleads guilty to an offence.

Sean Luke Dunbar appeared in court on drug-related charges in connection with a February 2017 incident in which he smuggled 3.9 lbs of ganja into Northward prison. 

At the time of the incident, Dunbar was already serving a suspended sentence which began in January 2017. 

In Dunbar’s defense, it was argued that at the time of the incident Dunbar’s newborn son was very ill and that he was under a lot of pressure; with people in the community taking advantage of his situation. 

Magistrate Foldats noted that these factors did not mitigate the crime which was of a most serious nature. 

Foldats further requested a social inquire report and stated that Dunbar should be remanded in custody until his sentencing date on October 30, 2017.



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