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Young man found with drugs less than a year after sentencing

Young man found with drugs less than a year after sentencing

Tuesday 13 September 2022

Young man found with drugs less than a year after sentencing

Tuesday 13 September 2022

A 22-year-old landed himself in the Royal Court again after being found with drugs less than a year after being sentenced to community service for possessing THC, cannabis and MDMA.

Bradley Peter Harrison was sentenced on Friday to 18 months of probation for two counts of possession of personal quantities of THC and cannabis.

Although such matters are normally dealt with by the Magistrate’s Court, Harrison was sentenced in front of the Royal Court as his offences occurred in breach of the Community Service and Probation Orders previously imposed on him by the Royal Court the previous year.

On Friday, the Royal Court heard that Police executed a search warrant at Harrison’s home address in February 2022. 

Several items were seized from the property, including syringes containing liquid, powder, resinous material and £540 in cash. 

The liquid, powder and resinous material were sent to the States’ Analyst, who identified them as 4.83g of THC and 244mg of cannabis resin.

Harrison was interviewed on 17 February 2022, and provided a ‘no comment’ interview.

During these incidents, Harrison was in breach of a Community Service and Probation Orders imposed by the Royal Court on 14 May 2021.

The offences for which Harrison was sentenced on 14 May 2021 arose when officers attended his home address on five separate occasions between April 2019 and January 2021.

On each occasion, officers found drugs including THC, cannabis and MDMA. Harrison was therefore sentenced to 180 hours of community service in May 2021.

However, Harrison was suspended from the community service scheme in May 2022, as he had only completed 55 hours of the 180-hour order.   

The matter was referred to the Attorney General because Harrison’s Community Service Order would not be completed in the 12-month period allowed. However, this was not referred back to the Court at this time because the other offences were also to be dealt with.

Harrison then pleaded guilty to the February charges involving cannabis resin and THC in front of the Magistrate’s Court and the matter was adjourned for sentencing in front of the Royal Court.

Last Friday, 9 September, the Royal Court sentenced Harrison to 18 months’ probation, concurrent on all counts.

Commissioner Sir William Bailhache was presiding, sitting with Jurats Pamela Pitman and David Hughes.

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