Friday 27 November, 2020

Four-year sentence for Jamaican caught with fake US notes in Barbados

A Jamaican man who pleaded guilty to having 10 counterfeit $50 United States bank notes in his possession, has been sentenced to four years in prison in Barbados.

The convict, Bassonia Collister McDermouth, will, however, serve 238 days on the sentence, due to him already spending 492 days in custody prior to his guilty plea and sentencing.

He is to be deported to Jamaica after completing his prison term.

The fate of the Jamaican was decided by a judge on Tuesday via a Zoom hearing, according to media reports.

It was alleged that McDermouth arrived by air at the Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados on Thursday, January 11, 2018, from Kingston, Jamaica.

Having cleared immigration, he was interviewed by members of the Drug Squad. A subsequent search of his personal effects revealed the counterfeit currency.

He was later arrested and referred to a hospital, where he passed out a total of 60 packages wrapped in transparent tape each containing cannabis. He was subsequently charged for the offences.

On January 17, 2018, the Jamaican pleaded guilty to the drug-related charges, and was sentenced to 18 months in prison after he was unable to pay a BBD$4,000 fine.

It was not clear why he was not required to plea to the possession of counterfeit currency charge at that time.

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