Cocaine in gas cylinderThirty-three-year-old Mark Gomes and 38-year-old Mohamed Kadir who were jointly charged for the possession of 2.25 kilogram of cocaine found hidden in a gas cylinder were on Tuesday sentenced to four years in prison after they appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The men were charged, along with Ryan Fowler, who had pleaded guilty to the allegation and was jailed for four years.It was reported that two vehicles parked in the vicinity of Sheriff Street, Georgetown were being observed by ranks attached to the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU). At approximately 19:45h, the ranks noticed Kadir exiting one of the motor cars, carrying a yellow gas cylinder. He moved to the other vehicle that was occupied by Gomes and Fowler.The three suspects were stopped by the investigators who conducted a search, resulting in the illegal substance being discovered. However, the two accused were given the opportunity to tell their side of the story before the Court and in an unsworn statement, Kadir first explained that he was called by Gomes to meet a friend who was encountering mechanical issues on his vehicle.He told the Court that when that friend (R Fowler) showed up at a shop on Sheriff Street, Georgetown with Gomes as a passenger, CANU ranks reportedly pounced on them.According to Kadir, he was unaware as to why he was arrested until much later. He told the Court that Fowler had told him and Gomes that the drug found belonged only to him. Gomes’s story meshed with what was related by Kadir.Their Attorneys, Glenn Hanoman and Mark Waldron in summing up their case stated that the prosecution’s case was based on the reliability and credibility of one witness and called for a no-case submission.However, in her rebuttal, CANU Prosecutor Konyo Sandiford said that the case against the defendants was proven beyond reasonable doubt.Only four days ago, the father of Mark Gomes, Andre Gomes, called “Zipper,” was freed of drug trafficking charges by Magistrate Leron Daly, who ruled that CANU had been unable to support its allegations against Gomes with enough evidence to warrant a conviction.The elder Gomes, 57, of Craig Street, Campbellville, Georgetown, had been arraigned on trafficking in narcotics charges after a search carried out at his residence had allegedly unearthed 992 grams of cocaine, a quantity of cash, jewellery, and other valuables.
VETERAN Fianna Fail councillor Patrick McGowan has welcomed the Seanad referendum result – saying Labour, Fine Gael and Sinn Fein got their just desserts.“The €20M that this Referendum cost on the Senate vote should be paid by all three parties,” said Cllr McGowan.“Enda held this Referendum to distract criticism of his Government policy aided and abetted by Sinn Fein. “The Recent bills introducing abortion into Ireland Labour, Fine Gael and Sinn Fein and other legislation rushed through the Dáil has caused a lot of people to think about Democracy and how much this present Dáil was serving the Irish people.“A lot of promises were made just before the 2011 elections such as reform on the political systems, but all we we’re going to get was cuts for ordinary people and jobs for the boys as political advisers being paid over €150’000 plus expenses and more on the way to replace the Senators when they were got rid of.“The Irish people have now spoken and have demanded real change.” LABOUR/FG/SF HAVE GOT THEIR JUST DESSERTS – McGOWAN was last modified: October 5th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
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