A big drug importing case has just paused for a summer break. It is the matter of a conspiracy to import and traffic 100 kg of cocaine in a fruit crusher from Argentina. It is being heard in front of Madam Justice Beames, and the past couple of weeks have been more than interesting….
The Crown allowed to amend/lengthen the duration of the alleged conspiracy from 10 days which was on the original indictment and contemplated since the case began almost three years to increase it to a four month conspiracy to import. The amendment would and has extended the time frame for this alleged conspiracy by over 100 days. Madam Justice Beames has allowed the amendment, which causes new challenges for the accused in relation to the prejudice to their case and the strategies which they have been working with since the beginning. Relevancy of evidence, and its admissibility will also become hugely important.
The case is before the courts again in August.