Not enough tears to sway magistrate

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Shareesa Tappin

A WEEPING 22-year-old cosmetologist, Shareesa Tappin, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan to answer to a charge of narcotics trafficking.

Tappin, a West Ruimveldt resident, broke down in tears after the charge was read. It is alleged that on June 6, 2018 at the Eugene F. Correira International Airport, Ogle, East Coast Demerara (ECD), she had in her possession 9.660 grammes of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.

The unrepresented woman denied the charge as she told the court that she did not pack the suitcase in which the drugs were found.
According to the police facts read by Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield, on June 6, Tappin was an outgoing passenger on a LIAT flight destined to Grenada.

However, when she checked in at the airport and her suitcase was searched, the cannabis was found wrapped in parcels among her clothing.
The prosecutor objected to Tappin being released on bail citing that she failed to raise sufficient reasons for her release.

The magistrate ruled in the prosecution’s favour and remanded Tappin to prison. The matter will be recalled at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court on July 1.
Upon hearing that the woman was being remanded to prison, Tappin’s relatives who were present in court began to cry aloud.