Lawyer fined for cannabis smuggling

A lawyer yesterday ­admitted smuggling drugs into Bermuda from the U.S.

Paul Nathan Bowles, 59, was fined $1000 to be paid immediately.

He pleaded guilty to ­importing 1.16 grams of cannabis in four handmade cigarettes.

Mr. Bowles, of Charleston, West Virginia, was caught at L.F. Wade ­airport on Saturday after arriving on a flight from Philadelphia.

A drug dog detected the cannabis,

Crown Counsel Brett Webber told the ­Magistrates Court.

Mr. Bowles admitted to authorities that he was ­carrying the drugs in his sock.

He apologized to magistrate Juan Wolffe, adding: "Every defendant I've ­represented was sorry he was caught.

"My actions were ­extremely selfish.

"I did not consider my family or the people of Bermuda whose sovereignty I did not respect."

Traffic suspect 'lied' to cops

A man who lied to police about his identity after ­being stopped for a traffic offence was fined $300 ­yesterday.

Christopher Shawn Caisey, 23, of School Drive, Devonshire, pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice by wilfully giving false personal details to the police with intent to deceive.

Crown Counsel Brett Webber told the Magistrates Court that officers stopped him on June 5 for wearing an unfastened crash helmet while driving a motorcycle.

The defendant repeatedly insisted that he was Christopher Wilson, born in 1984, of 50 Cedar Park, Devonshire.

TCD checks revealed no driver's licence in that name but a warrant in Mr. Caisey's real name.

It was only when he was arrested, having matched the description of the man named in the warrant, that he said: "Okay, I'm Caisey."

Man steals $94 worth of fertilizer

A man yesterday admitted stealing fertilizer - then told a court he had been given permission to take it.

Gladwin Cann, 26, of ­Kitty's Lane, Hamilton Parish, pleaded guilty to the theft of two bags of soil fertilizer valued at $94 on February 21. But he claimed a worker at the store, Sousa's ­Landscape Management, on Camp Hill Road, Southampton, told him he could have them.

"Why plead guilty then?" asked magistrate Juan Wolffe.

Mr. Cann replied: "I ­wasn't trying to steal. I even went and apologised and everything."

Crown Counsel Auralee Cassidy said Mr. Cann drove a car into the ­company yard, put the goods in and drove off without paying.

Investigators tracked him down by description and ­arrested him.

Although denying the crime, Mr. Cann reportedly said: "How much do they cost? I only took one bag."

While magistrate Juan Wolffe was reviewing several pages of Mr. Cann's criminal history, the ­defendant said: "Some bags had busted open so I asked a worker what they do with them.

"He told me they throw them away and I asked if I could take it."

Mr. Wolffe fined him $500 and ordered Mr. Cann to ­repay the company the full value of the property.

Candy crook caught

A man with a 20-year ­history of stealing candy yesterday admitted robbing less than $10 of sweet treats. Rehuben Mayho, 48, of Somerset Road, Sandys, pleaded guilty to stealing candies valued at $8.55 from the Woodbourne Chemist on November 11.

He received a six-month jail term suspended for two years.

"You must have a wicked sweet tooth," magistrate Juan Wolffe said.

He revealed Mr. Mayho has convictions dating to 1982 for minor crimes ­including the theft of ­coffee, candy and other ­perishables.

Mr. Mayho said: "At the time I was drinking."

Magistrate Wolffe replied: "How many times have you used that one? There comes a point in time when you run out of excuses."

Crown Counsel Auralee Cassidy told the court store staff caught the defendant taking the items and ­detained him.

Woman admits cheque fraud

A woman yesterday ­admitted cheque fraud worth $2,500.

Trimiea Roland, 21, of King Street, Pembroke, pleaded guilty to dishonestly receiving a cheque belonging to the Out of Bounds restaurant at the Ocean View Golf Course, knowing or ­believing it to be stolen. She also admitted ­attempting to dishonestly obtain $2,500 from the Bermuda Financial Network by passing the cheque after it had been forged and using the deception that it was a bona fide cheque.

She will return to the Magistrates' Court on ­August 25 for sentencing.

Crown Counsel Brett Webber said that Ms Roland took the cheque into the Bermuda Financial Network along with her passport.

When she couldn't give a telephone number for the restaurant and company ­attempts to verify the ­document were taking some time, she asked to use the bathroom and left the building empty handed.

Detectives later interviewed her and she ­confessed to the crime.

She reportedly told them she was doing it for a girl she knew only as Tawana and didn't ask any questions.

Magistrate Juan Wolffe ordered a social inquiry ­report.

Teen admits using stolen debit card

A teenager admitted using a stolen debit card to buy booze and cigarettes yesterday.

Akili Smith, 16, pleaded guilty to dishonestly receiving the card on June 15 knowing or believing it to be stolen. It was taken in a robbery.

He admitted using the card to dishonestly obtain liquor, energy drinks and cigarettes from Court Street Liquors in Pembroke the same day by the deception that the card was his.

Crown Counsel Brett Webber withdrew a charge of robbery against the youth, who appeared dressed in an orange prison uniform.

Mr. Smith is currently in custody at the Co-Ed Facilty and due to attend a rehabilitation programme in Utah.

A representative of the Child and Family Services Department told magistrate Juan Wolffe they plan to keep Mr. Smith in the programme until he turns 18.

"He's getting out of control," the CFS staffer said.

An order issued by another court allows the boy to leave to island today to attend the scheme.

"You and I have had many conversations over the road (Juvenile Court)," said Mr. Wolffe. "I warned you that if you didn't straighten up you'd be dressed in orange. You need to do what you have to do to stop this behaviour."

He imposed a two-year period of probation on Mr. Smith and remanded him in custody until he leaves Bermuda.