Crime & Court

Communications Officer To Take Her Plea On Drug-Related Charges

Singh was arrested at the Suva Post Office upon receiving a consignment from the United States of America allegedly containing two candles containing marijuana.
22 Aug 2019 15:03
Communications Officer To Take Her Plea On Drug-Related Charges
Debrah Annette Kushil Singh. Photo: Ashna Kumar

A communications officer, who allegedly imported illicit drugs, namely marijuana, will take her plea next month.

Debrah Annette Kushil Singh, 52, appeared before Magistrate Seini Puamau yesterday at the Magistrates Court in Suva.

Singh was arrested at the Suva Post Office upon receiving a consignment from the United States of America allegedly containing two candles containing marijuana.

The contents of the parcel were tested and proved positive for the illicit drug, it is alleged.

The charges:

Singh is charged with one count each of unlawful possession of illicit drugs and of unlawful importation of illicit drugs.

For the offence of unlawful possession of illicit drugs, it is alleged that Singh on August 5, 2019, in 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 cannabis Sativa.

In court yesterday, Singh confirmed she had engaged a new counsel, namely Gavin O’Driscoll.

Mr O’Driscoll had told the court that there were no disclosures or paperwork given to the accused.

However, Police prosecutor Constable Walter Taito told the court that the full phase of disclosures was served on August 7.

Mr O’Driscoll also told the court that the bail conditions prepared by the court clerks, state that his client (Singh) has to report to the nearest Police Station every Saturday.

He told the court that his client’s, bail condition on reporting to a Police Station is the first Saturday of every month.

Constable Walter also confirmed that the relevant bail condition in his file was the first Saturday of every month.

Mr O’Driscoll will be writing to the Director of Public Prosecutions for representation.

Magistrate Puamau ordered the court clerks to amend the bail condition from every Saturday to the first Saturday of the month.

She also ordered Singh to sign a fresh bail form.

The matter was adjourned for a plea to September 12.

Edited by Percy Kean

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