Drugs quandary delay

18:55, Feb 25 2014

A Palmerston North man has had his sentencing on multiple drug charges put off, as a judge could not be sure how many drugs he imported and possessed.

Benjamen Patrick Belmont, 20, appeared in the Palmerston North District Court yesterday for sentencing on 11 charges, ranging from possessing ecstasy for supply to importing cocaine.

But Judge Les Atkins said the sentencing had to be put off. Neither Crown prosecutor Daniel Flinn, defence lawyer Chris Wilkinson-Smith nor Judge Atkins could figure out exactly how much had been imported and how much was simply in Belmont's possession.

Judge Atkins said he wanted to make sure the figures were right to avoid any chance of the sentencing going wrong, so he put the sentencing off until April.


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