Reformed drug addict sentenced to jail
A 29-year-old man from Hamrun has been sentenced to two and a half years imprisonment and fined €5000 after he was found guilty of being in possession of ecstasy back in 2008.
James Tabone, who successfully completed a drug rehabilitation programme, was also found guilty of trafficking ecstasy.
During a raid conducted by the police at the accused’s home, 252 pills and a cannabis resin were discovered hidden in his electricity meter. He later admitted that the cannabis resin, which amounted to €23, was for his personal use.
Regarding the ecstasy pills, he said he was keeping them safe for a particular individual.
Mike Orland from Sedqa testified in court that the man successfully completed the drug rehabilitation programme and is now a changed man and father.
Magistrate Miriam Hayman said that as a result of his successful completion of the programme, the accused would not be punished on having completed the crime during a suspending sentence. However, Magistrate Hayman sentenced the accused on account of his accusations relating to drug trafficking and sentenced him to two and a half years imprisonment and fined him €5000.
Inspector Johann Fenech prosecuted