A 40-year-old mother of two was yesterday remanded by Magistrate Hazel Octive Hamilton.
The woman, Gaitri Singh, of 46 Sheriff Street, is accused of having in her possession 421 grams of cannabis for the sole purpose of trafficking in narcotics. She pleaded not guilty and is being represented by attorney at law Ronald Burch-Smith.
The lawyer, in a bail application, said that his client is gainfully employed as a ‘clothes vendor’. He said that his client would normally send clothes, confectioneries and other items to the interior to be sold.
The lawyer explained that on the day in question his client handed over a package to a taxi driver, who had to deliver it to the Ogle Airport.
Burch-Smith further noted that after the package left his client’s possession that was the last time she saw it. He said that the prosecution would now have to show that Singh had knowledge about the contents of the package.
The lawyer stressed that his client was arrested one week after the package was intercepted, noting that anyone could have tampered with it. He also noted that after his client was arrested she was kept well over the stipulated holding time of 72 hours.
In those circumstances the lawyer asked that bail be set at a reasonable sum.
However, Police Prosecutor Shellon Daniels objected to bail. The prosecutor noted that Singh gave the taxi driver the sealed package.
Daniels further stated that Singh also gave the taxi driver $6000 to deliver the package. She said that the package remained sealed until the defendant was summoned.
Bail was refused and the accused is expected to make her next appearance on Friday at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court.
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