This man has pleaded with a magistrate saying he grew and smoked
weed because he was a drug addict.
Callin Jaison Bent (32), a tenant at Lobenvale plots in Bulawayo, who was found growing 100 plants of dagga, some measuring three metres in his backyard, has been ordered to perform 315 hours of community service. He told Provincial Magistrate Mr Tinashe Tashaya that he was a drug addict and his wife took the dagga to cure asthma.
“Your Worship, I admit to the charges levelled against me. I swear, l will never ever take drugs anymore starting from today. I knew that it was illegal to be found in possession of dagga but I never bothered myself about it,” he said.
“I was cultivating dagga because I`m a drug addict and I take a cup of dagga every day. My wife is taking a cup of dagga per month because she is asthmatic and she uses it as medicine.”
The magistrate sentenced Bent to a wholly suspended 12
months in prison.
“Three months is suspended on condition that you do not commit a similar crime within five years. The remaining nine months is suspended on condition that you perform 315 hours of community service at Sauerstown Police Station,” said Mr Tashaya.
The magistrate said he had considered that Bent was a first time offender and did not waste the court`s time by pleading guilty.