Crime

Communications Officer Accused Of Importing Marijuana Released On Strict Bail Conditions

For the offence of unlawful possession of illicit drugs, it is alleged that Singh on August 5, 2019, at Suva, without lawful authority was found in possession of 1.1 grams of illicit drugs namely cannabis sativa.
08 Aug 2019 10:40
Communications Officer Accused Of Importing Marijuana Released On Strict Bail Conditions
Deborah Annette Kushil Singh. Photo: Ronald Kumar

A prominent Suva communications officer, who allegedly imported illicit drugs, namely marijuana, has been ordered not to reoffend while on bail.

Deborah Annette Kushil Singh, 52, appeared yesterday before Magistrate Jioji Boseiwaqa in the Suva Magistrates Court.

Singh is charged with one count of unlawful possession of illicit drugs and unlawful importation of illicit drugs. She was arrested at the Suva Post Office upon receiving a consignment from the United States allegedly containing two candles containing marijuana. The contents of the parcel were tested and allegedly proved positive for illicit drugs.

For the offence of unlawful possession of illicit drugs, it is alleged that Singh on August 5, 2019, at Suva, without lawful authority was found in possession of 1.1 grams of illicit drugs namely cannabis sativa.

For the offence of unlawful importation of illicit drugs, it is alleged that Singh on August 5, 2019, at Suva, without lawful authority imported 1.1 grams of illicit drugs namely marijuana.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Sharmila Lata filed full phase disclosures and did not object to the bail. However, she had requested the court to impose strict bail conditions, a reporting condition and sought for order for Singh to surrender all travel documents.

Magistrate Boseiwaqa granted Singh bail on the sum of $300 and two suitable sureties bond of $300 each. He also ordered Singh not to interfere with any of the prosecution witnesses, to surrender her passport and all travel documents and report to the Totogo Police Station in Suva every first Saturday of every month between 6am and 6pm.

Magistrate Boseiwaqa also issued a stop departure order on Singh.

The matter was adjourned to August 21 for plea before Magistrate Deepika Prakash.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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