McDoom woman remanded over ganja found in home

A McDoom woman, allegedly caught with just over 250 grammes of cannabis in her bedroom, was remanded to prison yesterday when she appeared in a city court.

Shellon Hopkinson, 21, of Lot 55 Middle Street, McDoom, East Bank Demerara, pleaded not guilty to the allegation that she on August 22, at McDoom had 257 grammes of cannabis in her possession for the purpose of trafficking, when the charge was read to her by Magistrate Judy Latchman.

It is the police’s case that the cannabis was found in the bedroom of the defendant, within a transparent bag,

Shellon Hopkinson standing in the holding cell at the George-town Magistrates’ Courts yesterday after her arraignment.
Shellon Hopkinson standing in the holding cell at the George-town Magistrates’ Courts yesterday after her arraignment.

when the police conducted a search. According to Police Inspector Joel Ricknauth, Hopkinson and her four-year-old son were the only ones in the house at the time the drug was discovered.

Hopkinson’s lawyer, George Thomas, during his bail application, told the court that his client lives in the house with four other persons, including her spouse, and he presented this fact as a special reason for the granting of bail to be considered. He said that the drug was found in a general area and that Hopkinson had no knowledge that the drug was in the house.

Ricknauth, at that point, interjected and informed Magistrate Latchman that Hopkinson told the police that no one lived in the house, save for herself and her son. He further mentioned that the defendant made an oral confession.

Thomas also said that his client, who is two months pregnant, was handcuffed and handled by the police in the presence of her son. He furthermore informed the court that Hopkinson has no difficulty lodging her passport as a condition for bail.

However, Magistrate Latchman refused bail and adjourned the case until September 18, when it will be called before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry.

More in Local News

default placeholder

Draft bill sees state assets recovery via civil proceedings

The draft State Assets Recovery Bill 2016 envisages non-conviction based, civil recoveries of property over $10m with a 12-year limitation period and wide powers will be available to the agency to be set up under the law to gather information.

Raphael Trotman

Gov’t will not be ‘lectured to in the press’ on forest concessions, Trotman says

Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Raphael Trotman yesterday said that the government will not be “lectured” to in the press on the issue of forestry concessions, while announcing that the arrival of officials from a company in China that may take over the operations of the controversial Baishanlin is being awaited.

Black Bush murder victims laid to rest: Rice farmer, Pawan Chandradeo, 37; his fifteen-year-old son, Jaikarran Chandradeo, both of 163 Mibicuri North, Black Bush Polder and his brother-in-law Naresh Rooplall, 33, of Number 75 Village, Corentyne were yesterday laid to rest following an emotional funeral. They were buried at the Babu John Cemetery, Port Mourant. The trio were found dead on Friday, less than a day after they had left to go on a fishing trip in Black Bush Polder. Intense investigations are underway into the murders. Photo shows the caskets of the three victims and part of the crowd that gathered.

Black Bush triple murder suspects brought to city

Seven men, including the main suspect who was arrested in connection with the Black Bush Polder, Corentyne triple murder were transported to Georgetown on Tuesday evening and are currently being questioned by ranks from the Criminal Investigation Department’s (CID), Major Crimes Unit.

Anthony Jhagroo

Bulletin issued for suspect in murder of mechanic

The police yesterday issued a  bulletin for Anthony Jhagroo, who is wanted for questioning in relation to two offences: escaping from lawful custody and the murder of mechanic, Yugeshwar Shiwcharan.

default placeholder

Five cops under close arrest over stolen gold

Five police officers attached to the Brickdam Police Station are currently under close arrest after they allegedly stole a quantity of raw gold from some miners last Friday.

default placeholder

Norway team ‘horrified’ at bauxite mining in pilot village Muritaro

A private bauxite mining operation in the Amerindian community of Muritaro on the Demerara River, discovered by members of a “horrified” team from Norway, was shut down by the Ministry of Natural Resources late last year, since the community was one identified to benefit from the Guyana-Norway forest protection scheme.

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: