A single mother of six today appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to a charge of having narcotics in her possession.
Marlene Sharkles, of lot 2805 Redboor Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that while at Itabali, Mazaruni River, Essequibo District she had in her possession 925 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.
The 39-year-old mother was represented by Attorney Latchmie Rahamat who argued that on the day in question her client along with nine other persons were in a truck travelling into the interior when police ranks stopped them and searched the vehicle.
The lawyer explained that the narcotics were found in a tray which her client was not occupying. As such she requested bail stating that her client is a single mother with six children and had no prior conviction or pending matters against her.
However, bail was objected to by the Police Prosecutor who explained that on the day in question each person in the truck had been requested to stand in a line and to point out their belongings.
He stated that the defendant identified a box which she said was hers and upon conducting the search the narcotics were found there. She subsequently admitted to owning the cannabis.
Magistrate Latchman refused bail and remanded the defendant to prison. The matter is scheduled to return to Court on February 4th 2016.