Lawyer knocks system for criminal tracing

By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin

AN attorney whose client’s criminal background could not be checked, because of a broken machine, argued yesterday that this country was able to send aid to St Lucia, but was unable to fix the system.

Defence attorney Ainsley Lucky was, at the time, representing Ryan Ramlogan, who was charged with possession of three grammes of marijuana in Tarouba on Boxing Day.

Around 10 a.m., Ramlogan was seen by police officers. He quickly looked away and constable Williams became suspicious. When they searched him, the illegal substance was found in Ramlogan’s rear pants pocket, police prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said.

Lucky told Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark Wellington his client got “caught up in the euphoria of the Christmas cele­brations” and had the illegal substance for his own satisfaction.

When Wellington asked if Ramlogan had any previous matters before the court, Seedan said the police had been unable to trace him, as the system to do this was not working.

Lucky responded that while this is happening, “the country has money to send food to St Lucia and has money to pay $35 million in lawyer fees”.

Wellington fined Ramlogan $180 for having the drugs. In default, he will serve 21 days’ hard labour.

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