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Man fined KES 2000 for using bhang

05 April 2013, 12:50 Oduor Omondi

A man who admitted before Nyando law courts that he used bhang to reduce pain after undergoing a surgery to treat glaucoma has been fined KES 2 000 or a 6 months imprisonment.

Pascal Miyawa had been found in possession of the drug Contrary to Section 3(1) as read with Section 3(2)(a) of the Narcotic drugs and Psychotropic Substances Control Act No.4 of 1994.

Miyawa was charged that on March 31, 2013 at Katito area at Agoro West sub-location in Nyakach he was found in possession of the bhang.

He was subsequently brought before Nyando Resident Magistrate P. M. Wechuli and charged with the offence.

In mitigation, Ouma said, "I am remorseful. I started using the drugs after my eye surgery."

He informed the court that he went through glaucoma surgery and as such used bhang to reduce eye pressure.

"I take the drug and it really helps my eye although it was not prescribed to me by a medical practitioner; I read about it in a medical journal," he revealed.

In his ruling, the Magistrate said: "I have noted the mitigation by the accused. I advise him to visit a qualified medical practitioner for professional assistance."

Even so, he concluded by asking the accused to pay KES 2 000 fine and in default serve 6 months imprisonment sentence.

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