After serving a six-and-a-half years sentence at the Richmond Hill Prison for Manslaughter, Grand Anse resident Kenny Anthony Morain has found himself again on the wrong side of the law but this time on drug related charges.
Morain received a 6-month sentence last week Thursday from Magistrate Tahira Gellineau after pleading guilty to possession and trafficking of a controlled drug (marijuana).
The incident reportedly occurred on the premises of the Richmond Hill Prison when he was visiting an inmate on December 1.
THE NEW TODAY understands that Morain and his common-law wife, who is of Vincentian descendant, were held by prison authorities with the illegal drugs, allegedly intended for an inmate.
Prison officials called in the Drug Squad of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) after a routine search of the visitors turned up a black plastic bag with approximately 85 grams of cannabis buried under the fruit and vegetable items.
Police Prosecutors have said that the illegal substance carries an estimated street value of EC$485.00.
Morain and his female companion were arrested and charged for the offence.
However, the charges were dismissed against the woman, who pleaded not guilty to both counts when they made their first appearance at the No.1 Magistrate’s Court last week Thursday before Magistrate Gellineau who was presiding over the No.1 Magistrate’s Court in the absence of Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill, who travelled out of state to attend a conference.
The police also used Morain’s court appearance to enforce a bench warrant that was issued earlier for his arrest in connection with an unpaid fine imposed by the Magistrate’s Court in June after a police operation turned up a quantity of cannabis secured in a room at his residence.
Morain had been arrested and charged with possession of a controlled drug and was fined EC$8,000 for the offence to be paid within 5 months.
His failure to pay the fine within the stipulated time resulted in Magistrate Gellineau ordering him to serve a 2-year prison term and urged him to use his time in jail to reflect on his actions.
In February 8, 2008, Morain had his first encounter with the law when he was jointly charged with Che Phillip and Albert Griffith for the shooting to death of Black Bay shopkeeper, 59-year old Anthony Frederick.
Frederick was gunned down inside of his supermarket, “All Class Shopping Centre,” as he attempted to stop the robbery that was taking place at his business place.
In April 2011, Morain, who was at the time living in Grand Anse St. George, was convicted on a charge of manslaughter in connection with Frederick’s death.
A high court in St George’s sentenced him to 10 years in prison on July 28, 2011 and this newspaper understands that a decision was taken to reduce it on grounds of good character and behaviour.