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A RASTAFARIAN priest caught smuggling a kilo of cannabis into Britain claimed it was for his own spiritual purposes, a court was told.
The drug was found in a search at Harwich, Essex, as Pablo Kensmil, 43, stepped off a ferry from Holland. Kensmil, of Slough, Berks, claimed he was going to a Rastafarian festival and used cannabis as part of his religious beliefs.
He said he had been given the packages by supporters of the Rastafarian church in Holland.
JPs heard Kensmil was an ordained priest who led daily prayers for congregations of up to 100 in Slough. He admitted possessing ?2,600-worth of the drug and the case at Colchester was adjourned for reports until February 17.
-------------------- "Facts an' facts, an' t'ings an t'ings: dem's all a lotta fockin' bullshit. Hear me! Dere is no truth but de one truth, an' that is the truth of Jah Rastafari." -- Bob Marley, 1978
I know the guys doesn't want to go to jail and so is using it as his defense, but he is part of the reason why people think they are nothing but stoners. Why didn't he say it was for his the church, doing it with other rastafarians. But to say it was for personal use only...
The story of life is quicker then the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello, goodbye. - Hendrix
A RASTAFARIAN priest who was caught smuggling a kilo of cannabis into the England has escaped with a weedy small ?1,000 fine.
Pablo Romeo Kensmil, said to be regarded as an emperor by his followers, was stopped by Customs as he got off a ferry at Harwich international port.
They found ?2,600 worth of vacuum-packed cannabis in a holdall. Kensmil, 43, of Hawthorne Crescent, Slough, had claimed the bag contained badges for his congregation.
The striking-looking clergyman appeared at Colchester Magistrates Court last Thursday for sentencing after admitting to possession at an earlier hearing.
He wore robes with Jamaican badges and a blue turban, but said nothing.
The court heard the drugs were a gift to help celebrate the Rastafarian equivalent of Christmas. In an interview, Kensmil had said the cannabis was for his own use and was part of his religious beliefs.
He was given the packages by supporters of the Rastafarian church in Holland, the court heard.
The priest said he was recognised as an emperor and often received 'gifts'.
His wife, who he lives with, is called the 'empress'.
The court had heard Kensmil - a man of previous good character - led prayer meetings three times a day with congregations of up to 100 people.
He is an ordained Rastafarian priest who studied in Jamaica for five years.
Kensmil had been released on bail to 'carry on his good work'.
The court heard his congregation had rallied round to raise ?800 ahead of sentencing.
District judge David Cooper fined Kensmil ?1,000 with ?100 costs and ordered the destruction of the drugs. (1 GBP = 1.91900 USD)