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Lawyer Of Drug Accused Disputes Cost, Amount Of Meth

  The defence lawyer representing a man accused of allegedly being in possession of methamphetamine, told the Court yesterday that his client was disputing the amount and street value of
17 Mar 2018 10:00
Lawyer Of Drug Accused Disputes Cost, Amount Of Meth
Kritesh Kumar, following an earlier court appearance.

 

The defence lawyer representing a man accused of allegedly being in possession of methamphetamine, told the Court yesterday that his client was disputing the amount and street value of drugs allegedly found on him.

Defence lawyer Shelvin Singh, who is representing accused Kritesh Kumar, 36, told High Court judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe that there was a variation on the street value of the drugs found.

Kumar is charged with one count of possession where it is alleged that 1.4 kilograms of methamphetamine was found in his home during a Police raid on October 31, 2017.

Justice Rajasinghe questioned Mr Singh how the variation would impact the scope of the charge his client was facing.

He said the alleged amount of the drugs, the purity or its street value did not impact the charge thus there was no need to dispute it as it could be taken to trial.

Mr Singh sought a few more days to peruse the proposed facts submitted by the state lawyer. He suggested they be given 14 days to finalise the same.

State lawyer Juleen Fatiaki said they would be calling seven to eight witnesses during the trial. She said the majority of the witnesses were Police officers who had searched the accused’s Valelevu residence.

Kumar was further remanded in custody and the case was adjourned to March 29 for mention.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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