Somali National Found in Possession of Cannabis Gets Nine months in Prison

A 20-year-old from Somalia was sentenced to nine months in prison and ordered to pay €950 fine as he pleaded not guilty to the charges of drug possession which were brought against him.

The court heard how Abdikarim Isman Omar, a Somalia national, was charged with possession of cannabis and which was not for his personal use. The police had caught the accused red-handed as he was seen throwing six small packets on the floor. He was previously observed making contact with a number of people in Triq id-Dragonara in Paceville.

While testifying in court, the police officers said they saw the man as he threw the packets on the floor and later saw him pick up something from a field in the vicinity. Later that same day, the police conducted a search in the fields and with the help of sniffer dogs, the police managed to find five packets containing cannabis.

An analysis carried out by expert Godwin Sammut revealed that among the substances found, were 7.13 grams of Tetrahydrocannabinol. It was later established that each of the packets contained 0.7 grams of drugs and the accused’s finger prints could be retrieved from the packets.

Magistrate Natasha Galea Sciberras said the court could not believe the version of events as narrated by the accused when he had said that he ran to the field to relieve himself.

The court, however, could not rule that the drugs found in the field were his.

In the sentence, the court considered the clean police conduct and the Somali national landed nine months in prison.

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