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Friday, April 24th, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: Fisherman from Sarteneja in the Corozal District, 48 year old Sansermo Torres, has run afoul again of the law on possession of undersized conch, and it will cost him four years in jail. On Monday, Torres pleaded guilty to possession of 95 undersized conch.

The law says that conch must be over 3 ounces in weight to be sold. A fisheries officer visited National Fishermen Producers Cooperative Society on Angel Lane in Belize City on April 1 and inspected Torres’ catch, whereupon he found the undersized conch. Sansermo Tooores remanded for possession of undersized conchs

Torres has four previous convictions for the same offence. On this latest charge the Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith elected to caution and discharge him however, he owes the court fines of $3,965 arising from the convictions which date back to 2002. Torres was represented by attorney Simeon Sampson.

Fisherman from Sarteneja in the Corozal District, 48 year old Sansermo Torres, has run afoul again of the law on possession of undersized conch, and it will cost him four years in jail. On Monday, Torres pleaded guilty to possession of 95 undersized conch.

The law says that conch must be over 3 ounces in weight to be sold. A fisheries officer visited National Fishermen Producers Cooperative Society on Angel Lane in Belize City on April 1 and inspected Torres’ catch, whereupon he found the undersized conch.

Torres has four previous convictions for the same offence. On this latest charge the Chief Magistrate Ann-Marie Smith elected to caution and discharge him however, he owes the court fines of $3,965 arising from the convictions which date back to 2002. Torres was represented by attorney Simeon Sampson.

 

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