Jan­uary trial for Cana­dian on drug charge

The Star (Jamaica) - - NEWS - CHRISTO­PHER THOMAS

ACana­dian woman, who al­legedly at­tempted to smug­gle co­caine in food and drink pack­ages, will stand trial in the Mon­tego Bay Res­i­dent Mag­is­trate’s Court on Jan­uary 14 next year.

Nine­teen- year- old stu­dent, Jenisa Wil­l­abus, of an On­tario, Canada, ad­dress, and charged with pos­ses­sion of, deal­ing in and at­tempt­ing to ex­port 40 and three- quar­ter pounds of co­caine, was given the new trial date when she ap­peared in court yes­ter­day.

The al­le­ga­tions are that on Jan­uary 28, Wil­l­abus at­tempted to board a flight to Canada at the Sang­ster In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Mon­tego Bay when her suit­case was searched.


Dur­ing the search, 17 food- drink packs and a num­ber of cake- mix pack­ages were found in­side the suit­case. When opened, they were found to con­tain a white sub­stance re­sem­bling co­caine. Wil­l­abus was ar­rested and charged. Yes­ter­day, Res­i­dent Mag­is­trate Carolyn Tie con­firmed with Clerk of the Court Regi­nald Eng­land, that the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer would be the pros­e­cu­tion’s only trial wit­ness.

“How many wit­nesses do you have?” asked RM Tie. “One, your hon­our,” said Eng­land. “Is the of­fi­cer the sole wit­ness?” the mag­is­trate asked. “Yes, your hon­our,” said Eng­land. At­tor­ney- at- law Martyn Thomas, who rep­re­sented Wil­l­abus, told the court that Queen’s Coun­sel KD Knight had been ap­pointed as the de­fen­dant’s new lawyer.

“Mr Knight now rep­re­sents Ms Wil­l­abus, but he has not re­ceived copies of the state­ments and he is in­volved in a mat­ter in Kingston, and can­not be here to­day,” said Thomas.

“What dates are be­ing can­vassed trial)?” asked RM Tie.

“Jan­uary 14 to 16, your hon­our,” said Thomas.

“This case will be tried on Jan­uary 14, next year, and the of­fi­cer is bound over and is to en­sure the ex­hibit ( ev­i­dence) is here),” said RM Tie, as she ex­tended Wil­l­abus’s bail.

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