[www.inewsguyana.com] – The mother and son, who were recently busted at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) with cocaine were both remanded to prison today [Thursday, July 10] by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry.
Esarbai Gokul, 50 of Canal Number One, West Bank Demerara pleaded not guilty to the offence which stated that on July 8 she had in her possession 5.221 Kilogrammes of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
Her son, 19 – year – old Anand Gokul, also pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that he had in his possession 5.282 Kg of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
Police Prosecutor, Bharat Mangru told the Court that on the day in question, the two were outgoing passengers on a Caribbean airline flight BW 606 destined to Toronto, Canada.
During a procedural check, ranks observed the suitcases to have false bottoms and a search were carried out. The cocaine was found and it is alleged that they told the Police that they were paid by someone to take the illegal substance to Canada.
The Prosecutor objected to bail on the grounds that no special reason was given to the Court. The court heard that there are 7 witnesses to testify in the matter.
The duo was represented by Attorney-at-law, Gordon Gilhuys. He told the Court that the mother is a permanent resident of Canada, while her son is a citizen.
He added that the accused woman is a mother of three children and her son is single. Counsel informed the Court that his clients’ statements were not given free and voluntarily. The matter was transferred before Magistrate Fabayo Azore for report and fixtures on July 14.