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Man fined $100: giving prisoner cigarettes in court

By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin

A MAN who threw a cigarette pack into the prisoner’s dock while court was in progress yesterday appeared before a magistrate charged with interfering with a prisoner.
Iswara Montano’s attorney told the court his client got “carried away” on seeing his friend in the dock and threw the cigarettes for him.
It was around 10.15 a.m. that Constable Mohammed of the Court and Process Department was on duty at the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court when he observed Montano walking behind the pri­son­er’s dock.
Mohammed saw him throw a red object into the dock and one of the persons who was in the dock picked it up.
The prisoner was searched and police prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said “a torn Du Maurier cigarette pack containing two cigarettes” was found in his possession.
Montano, 29, of San Fernando, was charged with interfering with prisoner Daniel Marraste.
Attorney Jason Jackson said his client was the father of three and the sole bread-winner in his family.
“He got carried away on seeing his friend in the cage and tossed the cigarettes,” he said.
Jackson asked for leniency on his client as he said the object thrown was not a weapon.
The maximum fine for the offence is $200.
Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington fined Montano $100.
In default of paying the money immediately, Montano was ordered to serve 14 days in prison.
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