Maximum fine is $400
Pointing out that the maximum fine for selling lottery tickets is $400, Magistrate Valdis Foldats fined Keith Delroy Minzett $350 after the defendant pleaded guilty. He also ordered confiscation of $458.30 found in Minzett’s possession at the time of his arrest.
The magistrate added that the Gambling Law also provides for a term of imprisonment of up to 12 months.
He said because this was Minzett’s second such offence, he could imagine what would happen if there were a third time.
Defence Attorney Lloyd Samson noted that the matter was set for trial on 5 May and witnesses were present, but his client was saving everyone’s time and throwing himself on the mercy of the court. He said the previous gambling offence occurred in 2007, when the penalty was a fine of $250.
The Crown’s summary showed that Minzett sold lottery tickets to Brian Ricardo Rattray on the morning of 26 November 2010 near the Coe Wood Public Beach in Bodden Town. Police Inspector Richard Hartford was driving to work in his private vehicle when he observed the transaction. He proceeded to the Bodden Town Police Station and then returned to the scene with another officer.
Rattray was subsequently found and he had two tickets in his pocket. Later two receipt books were recovered from a truck driven by Minzett.
Rattray pleaded guilty on an earlier date and he was fined $50 as a purchaser.