No conviction recorded, but $200 costs ordered
A woman who pleaded guilty to possession of pepper spray was ordered to pay $200 in court costs after Chief Magistrate Nova Hall said she would not record a conviction for the offence of carrying a prohibited weapon.
Crown Counsel Nicole Petit said the pepper spray was discovered last October when police stopped the woman in her vehicle.
Defence attorney Prathna Bodden said the defendant had no previous convictions and was of impeccable character. She worked late some nights and occasionally carried cash deposits. In light of the recent increase in crime, the woman carried the pepper spray for protection.
Ms Bodden said her client had bought the spray in Grand Cayman, at a garage sale. She had a similar spray previously, but there was never an incident involving its use.
“She now knows she can’t have it,” the attorney assured the court.
She asked the magistrate to consider a conditional discharge. The woman is studying to be a certified public accountant; if she were convicted of a criminal offence, her career would be over, Ms Bodden said.
The magistrate referred to section 41 of the Penal Code and discharged the woman, subject to the condition that she commit no further offence in the next 12 months. She ordered costs in the sum of $200 or 20 days in lieu of payment.
The pepper spray was forfeited to the Crown and ordered to be destroyed.
The defendant worked late some nights and occasionally carried cash deposits.