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Man fined for ganja

By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin

A FABRICATOR found with marijuana in a household cleaner can on Monday told the court he turned to drugs after feeling the pressure of having to pay his child maintenance bill.

Ajala Donaldson, 26, of Pleasantville, pleaded guilty before San Fernando Magistrate Lisa Ramsumair-Hinds.

Sgt Gordon Maharaj said it was around 8.35 a.m. on Sunday that police officers executed a search warrant at Donaldson's home and found a can in the washroom. It contained 15 grammes of marijuana wrapped in plastic. Donaldson was taken to the San Fernando police station, where he was charged by Constable Marash.

"He reverted to his old habit. He tried cleaning up his life, but a month ago the mother of one of his children, with whom he has a maintenance matter, had him pressed for cash," defence attorney Annalee Girwar said.

Ramsumair-Hinds suggested the father of three should have used the money toward the bill rather than to buy drugs. She ordered Donaldson, who had a previous conviction for possession of marijuana, to pay a $5,000 fine in three weeks, or serve nine months' hard labour.

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