Trial of baker, wife over ganja in cylinder begins

Two witnesses yesterday testified at the trial of baker Colin Denny and his wife Malika Softleigh, who are accused of trafficking cannabis.

The charge against Denny and Softleigh states that the two, between November 14th and November 15th, 2017, at Lot 6 ‘C’ Tucville Terrace, trafficked 57.8608 grammes of cannabis.

Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit (CANU) prosecutor Konyo Sandiford presented two witnesses yesterday when the trial commenced before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman in Georgetown.

CANU has said that its ranks, acting on an intelligence report, found the cannabis in three 100-pound gas cylinders at the Tucville address.

The cylinders, which were purchased by Softleigh, had been sent to Berbice and were then returned to Georgetown, at the home of Softleigh’s cousin at Tucville.

At the Tucville address, the cylinders were cut open and mud was found stuffed into the bottom along with black plastic. When the plastic was removed, several parcels of transparent packages, containing leaves, seeds and stems, suspected to be cannabis, were found.

The first witness yesterday was the owner of a car that Denny had rented to work as a hire car in Berbice. He testified to being the one that the CANU officers contacted to get on to Denny.

The second witness stated that he was asked by someone to deliver the gas cylinders. The witness said that he went to pick up the individual with the cylinders at a welding shop and noticed that they were freshly painted. The individual who asked him to transport the cylinders did not travel with him as a passenger in the vehicle. He subsequently said the person asked to meet him at a location in Georgetown. The witness picked up the man and they subsequently went to the Tucville location mentioned in the charge. He stated that he then helped the man to take the cylinders out of the car and noticed that they were welded and heavy.

After hearing the two witnesses’ testimony, Magistrate Latchman adjourned the matter until March 16th.

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