SEEMA RAMLOCHAN, the woman on $1.5 million bail for allegedly attempting to export cocaine via an international delivery service, yesterday cried in court as she pleaded for a reduction in her bail.
Her request was denied as San Fernando Magistrate Siumongal Ramsaran said that the amount granted was suitable for the offence.
Ramsaran said while placing a person on bail is not meant to be punitive, the amount fixed should be enough that people will not want to miss their court appearances.
Ramsaran said that at present in his court there was $5 million outstanding, following the taking of bail for defendants who had absconded.
Ramlochan, who spoke on her own behalf yesterday, cried as she told the magistrate she had been framed.
“Somebody asked me to do a favour. I had just finished church. Deep down in my heart I knew nothing about this. I get set up. It is hard to trust somebody now,” she said.
Ramlochan, 31, of Debe, is charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
It is alleged that on May 8, she went to FedEx at St James Street, San Fernando and attempted to export a textbook containing 0.88 kilogrammes of cocaine.
Yesterday she said that church leaders were willing to help with her bail should it be reduced.
“Pastors are willing to assist by picking up a donation,” she said.
Ramlochan said she was a single mother who had faced hardships and had, in the past, got help from government ministers. She said she was paying a mortgage on her home.
The matter was adjourned to October 28.