A 26-year-old Paphos man was fined a total of €700 for possession and use of cannabis after police found four dried plants in his home, which he told them were mementos from the days he used the drug.
In passing sentence, Judge Panikos Michaelides told the court he had taken into consideration the man, who was 24-years-old at the time the offence was carried out, had no criminal record, had immediately admitted to the offence, had a small amount in his possession and had cooperated with police.
Drug squad officers, who raided his residence in September 2014 discovering four dried cannabis plants, were told by the man that he had kept them as a memento as he no longer smoked the stuff.
Asked by the judge if he had anything to say in mitigation, the man told the court that his childhood was a difficult one with him being able to see his mother only in the evenings as she worked very hard. These days however, he supported his mother, paying some of the household bills, while trying to put some money aside to buy a car.
He was introduced to cannabis use by a classmate, he said while expressing his sincere remorse for his act.
Public prosecutor Simeos Simeou requested the confiscation of the evidence.