Canadian teen further remanded for possession of heroin


The 19-year-old Canadian teen who was earlier this month charged with being in possession of some four pounds of heroin hidden in her suitcase was earlier today (Tuesday) further remanded to prison when she appeared before the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan.

Yaniyka Bovell

Yuniyka Bovell, of Canada, who was at the time of her arrest residing in Guyhoc Park, Georgetown with her mother for nine months, denied the allegation when it was put to her.

That charge alleged that, she, on October 5, 2017, at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), had 1.602 kilograms of diamorphine (heroin) in her possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) Prosecutor, Konyo Sandiford objected to bail being granted to the teen because of the seriousness of the offense. The teen was then remanded to prison.

However, on the defendant’s second appearance before the Chief Magistrate, Sandiford requested an additional three weeks for an analyst report to be provided to the Court.

However, Bovell’s Attorney, Siand Dhurjon made a petition for full disclosure to the Chief Magistrate.

He further requested that the accused be granted her pre-trial liberty on the grounds that the Prosecution has already been granted three weeks for the testing of the substance which they failed to do to date.

Dhurjon added that the prosecution is further requesting another three weeks which is unfair to the teen who has already suffered two severe asthma attacks while in prison.

The Attorney disclosed to the Court that his client’s life is at risk as she is not receiving proper treatment.

However, Magistrate McLennan denied his request for bail and granted the prosecution an additional three weeks for the analyst report to be provided.

Bovell was further remanded to prison and is expected to appear in Court again on November 14 2017.


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