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Trial on for alleged marijuana farmer

Trial on for alleged marijuana farmer
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July 19
16:33 2017

 

A man caught taking a nap on a marijuana farm alleged to be his is on trial at the High Court in Labasa.

Accused, Jone Seru of Savusavu, charged with one count of cultivation of illicit drugs appeared before judge Justice Salesi Temo.

He is alleged to have planted 5.5 kilogram of marijuana in Savusavu between October 1, 2011 to February 8, 2012.

Seru pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The state prosecution is expected to bring in eight prosecution witnesses in the trial.

State witness: Police Constable Peter Pickeringof Savusavu Police Station had raided the farm and arrested Seru on February 8, 2012.

He told the court that the farm was located 100 metres away from the main road and close to the Savusavu Court House in Town.

PC Pickering said while on court duty on February 8, 2012, he met one of his cousins who tipped him off about the farm – so they went to raid it.

After discovering the farm, PC Pickering and his cousin Lloyd Pickering started counting the plants which came to 20 standing at about ‘three to four feet’.

“The plants were flowering which indicated that they were matured and ready to be harvested. It was then when my cousin yelled to me and I ran to where he was standing.

“We had found the suspect sleeping beside a log at the farm,” PC Pickering said.

“We were shocked when he suddenly stood up and ran for his life, towards his home which was down the hill.”

He added that they ran after Seru and arrested him halfway.

PC Pickering added that he had known the accused for about five years.

The accused chose to represent himself while Office of Director Public Prosecution lawyer Rajneel Kumar represented the state.

The trial continues today.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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