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By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin nikita.braxton@trinidadexpress.com

OVER the past several weeks, Justice Anthony Carmona has sent one man to prison, ordered another to pay $50,000, and is currently presiding in a drug trafficking trial.

On February 20, five days after the Electoral College is due to meet to elect a President, Carmona is supposed to pass judgment against a former murder accused deportee who has pleaded guilty to arms and ammunition possession.

Last Wednesday, Carmona sentenced Joel Seerattan to a five year jail term for the stabbing death of Morriso Sylvan.

On January 15, Seerattan, 28, of Erin pleaded guilty to the charge of manslaughter.

Sylvan died after an artery in his neck and shoulder was severed by the knife Seerattan had pulled from his pocket during an altercation with the deceased and a group of men.

Jeffrey Sydney, 54, of San Pedro, Poole was also sentenced by Carmona last week.

He was charged with having possession of 1.98 kilogrammes of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

Sydney had grabbed a bag containing marijuana valued at $60,000 and left his two-year-old son behind in the van on November 3, 2000.

A jury found him guilty of the offence during the second week of January this year at the trial heard by Carmona.

On Thursday, the judge ordered that Sydney pay a fine of $50,000.

He had to pay $5,000 by today and was given until June to pay the balance.

Should the money go unpaid, Sydney will serve eight years simple imprisonment.

Last week, Carmona also listened to a plea in mitigation on behalf of Jerome Barker.

Barker, 31, and a deportee from the United States, pleaded guilty to the 2006 charge of possession of guns and ammunition.

He is expected to be sentenced on February 20.

Carmona is at present dealing with the trial against Dwayne Pope, 32, of Moruga who is charged possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.

The case started last December and Carmona is expected to begin the summation of the case to the jury on Thursday.

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