Sep 30, 2009 News
Ronald Hamblin, 41, and a 13-year-old relative yesterday appeared before Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson to answer to the charges of possession of narcotics, with the intent to traffic, and possession of ammunition without license.
It is alleged that on September 26, last, at Amelia’s Ward, Linden, Hamblin and his relative had in their possession 529 grams cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.
It is further alleged that on the said day, the two had in their possession 23 rounds of ammunition without license.
According to reports, ranks from the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit conducted a search on the lot 2941 Amelia’s Ward house when they observed the 13-year-old boy tossing a black plastic bag over the verandah of the said house.
A search was conducted on the bag, and a quantity of leaves, seeds and stems was found in the said bag.
Along with the leaves, seeds and stems, a quantity of ammunition was also found in the bag.
Council for the defendants, Gregory Gaskin, made applications for bail for both his clients, and used the age of the younger of the two as a special circumstance for granting bail for the usually non-bailable offence for the young boy.
Prosecutor Krishnadat Ramana, however opposed bail for both the 41-year-old and the young man.
Ramana stated that the special circumstance should relate to the offence and not the offender, which would suggest that the age of the child lays no grounds for the granting of bail.
Both Hamblin and his young relative were refused bail and are to appear at the Christianburg Magistrate’s Court October 6.
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