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Journalists ordered to do community work

Wednesday, August 06, 2014    

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Two journalists were ordered to perform community work on Monday after they pleaded guilty to the possession of a small quantity of marijuana.

Crime and Court reporter Derek Achong and sub-editor Andrew Gioanetti, both of the Trinidad Guardian newspapers, appeared before Magistrate Debbie-Ann Bassaw on Monday after they were arrested by police on Sunday with three and four grammes of marijuana, respectively.

Magistrate Bassaw fined Achong TT$700, while Gioanetti was fined TT$1,100.

But the magistrate agreed with the submission of attorney Wayne Sturge and suspended the fines after the lawyer in a plea of mitigation, said both men had never been charged with anything illegal before.

However, Achong will serve 120 hours of community service while Gioanetti was ordered to serve 180 hours.

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