McDoom woman remanded over ganja found in home

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

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.

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