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Medical Check-Up For Drug Charges Woman

Medical Check-Up For Drug Charges Woman
Yvette Dainne Nikolic (right) at the High Court in Lautoka on July 24, 2018. Photo: Peni Komaisavai
July 25
12:08 2018

High Court Judge Justice Aruna Aluthge approved Yvette Dainne Nikolic’s request for a medical examination after she claimed to have contracted a viral infection, namely chicken pox.

The accused, an Australian national, was charged after drugs, arms and ammunition were found in a yacht at Port Denarau Marina, Nadi, on June 22, 2018.

She was represented by Gordon and Company lawyer Wasu Pillay, while the State was represented by Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions lawyer Shelyn Kiran.

The accused’s medical condition was brought to the High Court’s attention by her lawyer Mr Pillay, who requested if she could be given the permission to be physically and medically examined by a private physician.

State lawyer Ms Kiran had no objection to the request as long as escorting officers were present and were involved in facilitating the accused during her visit to the physician.

She also requested if a list of items used by the accused during her visit to the physician could be documented.

Moreover, Mr Pillay informed the court that their entrusted physician had been duly informed of the nature of the accused’s condition.

Ms Kiran told the court that they would be filing and serving their disclosures to the defence and would need more time to file related information for the proceedings.

The court asked Mr Pillay who agreed with the State counsel to be given more time to compile their information for the case.   

According to court reports, the accused, Nikolic was charged with one count of unlawful importation of Illicit Drugs contrary to section 4 (1) of the Illicit Drugs Control Act, 2004.

Plus one count of unlawful possession of illicit drugs contrary to section 5 (a) of the Illicit Drugs Control Act, 2004 and one count of failure to declare arms and ammunition to a Custom Officer contrary to section 21 (1) (a) of the Arms and Ammunition Act, 2004.

It was alleged that the accused and another person imported 12.9 kilograms of cocaine and 34.4 grams of methamphetamine and cocaine tablets with an estimated value ranging from $20million to $30million.

In addition, she allegedly failed to declare a one nine millimetre Smith and Wesson pistol with 62 rounds of ammunition and one revolver with 41 rounds of ammunition which was found in her possession.

Edited by Percy Kean

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