Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan is set to make a ruling on Friday in the trial of Samantha Green who is accused of trafficking 990 grammes of marijuana on April 12, at Campbellville, Georgetown.
Last week, Police Inspector Arvin Moore closed the prosecution’s case and submitted that all the elements of the offence were proven beyond reasonable doubt.
Prosecutor Moore urged the court to call on the 39-year-old Green to lead a defence.
The woman is presently out on High Court bail.
During his submission, the prosecutor asked the court to believe the evidence of four police ranks who were called to testify during the trial.
According to Moore, a party of policemen led by Corporal Christopher Dharamraj went to Lot 92 Campbellville, which was occupied by Green. The police ranks conducted a search on the premises and found marijuana concealed in a Karibee rice bag. The prosecutor pointed out that the illicit drug was found in the kitchen of the home in the presence of Green, who remained silent.
However, the woman’s Attorney-at-Law Euclin Gomes asked that the charge against his client be dismissed on the ground that the prosecution failed to prove his client had physical control and knowledge of the narcotics. Gomes said that there were discrepancies in the evidence of the prosecution’s witnesses in relation to the parcel of narcotics that was found.
In fact, the lawyer argued that his client does not reside at the address mentioned in the charge, and she indicated this to police at the time of the search. Gomes said that Green told police she resides at Lot 72 Four Miles Housing Scheme, Bartica, and that she was just visiting the Georgetown address at the time. Gomes stated that police made no attempt to verify where his client lived, although they had the necessary resources to do so.
During his testimony, Corporal Dharamraj, who is attached to the Narcotics Branch, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters, Eve Leary, Georgetown, said that he was in charge of investigations.
According to Corporal Dharamraj, after receiving information, he led a party of policemen to the house where ranks positioned themselves at various locations.
The witness recalled that he saw Constable Singh speaking to Green.
“Constables Singh and Azeez entered the house. I stood at the back door where I was in clear view of the kitchen area and Samantha Green,” Corporal Dharamraj related.
He said that he saw several bags on the floor in the kitchen area, containing groceries. He said that Constable Singh told him something and he began asking the defendant a series of questions.
The police witness recalled that Constable Singh told him that he had found a quantity of narcotics in a Karibee rice bag. He said that the bag containing the narcotics was shown to him and Green was escorted to the Narcotics Branch.
Upon arrival at CID, he said that he reported his finding to the Officer in Charge.
Corporal Dharamraj related that based on instructions he received from his superior, he revisited the house the following day. He stated that he made several checks for another person who Green had implicated in the drug bust.
“After making several calls I got no response. I made enquiries from the southern neighbour, but no useful information was obtained.”
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