Vincentian David Hepburn. (iWN photo)

A Vincentian man got the harshest of the sentences Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias handed down on him and two Grenadians for possession of  (123,488 grammes) 272lbs of marijuana last August.

The Vincentian, David Hepburn, of Sion Hill, will spend five and a half years in jail while Grenadians Denrol Walker, will spend 4 and half years, and Isaac Moore, will spend three and a half years in jail.

Moore got a lighter sentence for his guilty plea and the time spend on remand will be deducted from his sentence.

Hepburn and Walker were found guilty after a trial. Walker also spent time on remand and would have that deducted from his sentence. However, Hepburn has to begin his sentence as he had been released on bail after his arraignment.

In handing down the sentences at the Serious Offences Court on Friday, Browne-Matthias further noted that Walker was the owner of the boat in which the SVG Coast Guard had intercepted the drug.

Grenadians Danrol Walker, left, and Issac Moore outside the Serious Offence Court in September 2017. (iWN photo)

She ordered that the vessel be confiscated, adding that Walker would benefit from this, in terms of a reduced prison sentence.

The Coast Guard intercepted the men with the drugs off Johnson Point, Kingstown on Aug. 31, 2017.

The compressed drug was in taped packages in nylon sacks.

The Grenadians said that they had come to St. Vincent to visit their girlfriends in Petit Bordel.

Moore told the court that he had borrowed the boat from Walker while it was anchored in Petit Bordel and had gone to pick up the drugs without telling Walker.

The two men claimed that they only knew the consignment of drugs was on board when the Coast Guard came into sight and Moore asked them to help him to throw the cargo overboard.

Hepburn, a carpenter, said that while he did not know the Grenadian men, but he had asked them to give him a ride to Union Island, where he had planned to go seek employment as a carpenter.

He, however, did not have any carpentry tools with him.

The men were jailed despite strong pleas by defence counsel, Grant Connell, who asked the court to impose fines on the men.

Senior Prosecutor Adolphus Delplesche led the case for the Crown.

6 replies on “Vincy bears brunt in weed charge with Grenadians”

  1. Look how Babylon duppy, dem fight we for years
    Fi your love whole heap a man serve years
    Babylon so duppy,dem fight we for years
    And now the whole ah dem ah buy shears
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    Across the seven seas,for your energy
    But you’re an energy, catching felonies
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  2. Every man is a King says:

    Free them all.They are entrepreneurs.The judge should be in prison for sending those entrepreneurs behind barz.Weed are here to stay.Cook it.Eat it.Bake it.Then sell it.

  3. That judge go meet it up.it’s just marijuana that’s how st Vincent people live.she should charge them a fine all this murders you ain’t hearing all that jail time but for a herb all that years

  4. Hmm it’s all facts n fairness. You the d crime you pay d time. Walker is my brother and I just hope that he will learn a lesson after this. St. Vincent is known to be d country with the most weed but yet people are being jailed for it what d judges and prosecutor have to do dey ain’t doing it

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