Turnquest v Commissioner of Police

CourtCourt of Appeal (Bahamas)
JudgeJohn, J.A.
Judgment Date04 October 2013
Neutral CitationBS 2013 CA 149
Docket NumberMCCrApp & CAIS 52 of 2013
Date04 October 2013

Court of Appeal

John, J.A.; Conteh, J.A.; Adderley, J.A.

MCCrApp & CAIS 52 of 2013

Commissioner of Police

Ms Christina Galanos, counsel for appellant

Mr Vernal Collie, Asst DPP, with Ms Maria Zancolla, counsel for respondent

Criminal practice and procedure - Appeal — Sentence varied — Offense of dangerous drugs.

John, J.A.

The appellant was convicted of the offence of dangerous drugs with intent to supply, and because of the prevalence of drugs, the magistrate imposed the minimum penalty of 4 years' imprisonment.


We accede to the request and vary the sentence from 4 years' imprisonment to one of 9 months' imprisonment to commence from today's date. In arriving at this sentence we have taken into consideration the 9 months the appellant spent in custody awaiting trial.


We do so, since according to the magistrate, the appellant played a minimum role in the entire transaction. The magistrate found that he was there merely helping the person who owned the drugs.


In addition, we have taken into consideration the fact that the appellant has no previous convictions, he is now age 19 and is being given the opportunity to make good with his life.


Dated this 4th day of October, 2013

John, J.A.

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