Beautician, soldier get bail on ganja trafficking charge

Niketa Bishop

A cosmetologist and a serving member of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) were yesterday both granted bail after they denied having possession of almost a pound of cannabis, which police said was found at the property where they both live.

Niketa Bishop, 30, of Lot 1212 Diamond Grove, East Bank Demerara, and Jamal Eastman, 24, also of the same address, appeared before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus at the Provi-dence Magistrate’s Court, where the charge was read against them.

The charge against Bishop and Eastman alleges that on November 5th, at Lot 1212 Diamond Grove, they had 380 grammes (equivalent to 0.8 of a pound) of cannabis in their possession for trafficking.

Jamal Eastman

Both accused denied the charge.

Attorney Bernard Da Silva, who represented them, made a successful bail application on their behalf, while noting that the cannabis was not found in his client’s possession. He said the cannabis was found under a building used as a shop by Bishop and which is accessible by the general public.

As a result, Da Silva urged the court to grant his clients bail, pending the outcome of the matter. The attorney’s application was successful and Bishop and Eastman were released on $100,000 bail each.

The matter has been adjourned until December 17th.


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