Minister’s brother pleads guilty to cocaine trafficking

first_img– to pay $5.7M fine or spend 3 years in jailThe younger brother of Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson was on Thursday given the option of paying a hefty fine or being jailed for three years after he pleaded guilty in a Grenada court to the charge of cocaine trafficking.Derrick Patterson, 47, confessed to the crime when the charge was read to him by Magistrate Tamara Gill at the St George’s Court in Grenada. The accused was ordered to pay EC$75,000 (G$5.789 million) or serve three years in jail, if he was unable to pay the fine.It was previously reported that Patterson was visiting Grenada and resided at Captain Harris apartments in Grand Anse, St George’s.However, on May 2, 2018, officers attached to the Drug Squad of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) intercepted a vehicle that was driven by Patterson.The vehicle was searched and a total of 2.325kg of cocaine, worth approximatelyDerrick Patterson, younger brother of Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonUS$232,500 were found hidden in a plastic bag.Meanwhile, back in Guyana, the Public Infrastructure Minister made a public statement, noting that if his brother was found culpable of the offence, he would have to bear the brunt of his actions.“Our position is that Derrick [Patterson] is a matured adult of 47 years and he must bear full responsibility for the consequences of his actions. Neither I nor any other member of my family can take responsibility for his own, deliberate actions,” the Minister said in a public statement made on Facebook.The Minister further explained that his family’s initial reaction at the news was that of shock, and while they remained deeply distressed and concerned, there was some hope that the law enforcement officials in Grenada may have made a mistake.Nevertheless, he emphasised in his post that his younger brother must face the consequences if he was found guilty in the court of law.Moreover, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had later called on Government to have a full-scale investigation launched in Guyana to ensure that the country’s security was not compromised, given the fact that the accused was a family member of a Government Minister and would have been granted certain “VIP treatment”.“This is where the Government should launch a full investigation into it since this is a clean Government that doesn’t tolerate drug dealing,” he had stated.last_img read more

Man Utd BOOST as Zidane claims: ‘I like Pogba but we’ve a large squad already’

first_img Paul Pogba: The 23-year-old has been linked with a return to Old Trafford Zinedine Zidane admits he is a big fan of compatriot Paul Pogba, but the Real Madrid boss cast doubt on a summer move when he insisted his own squad is ‘difficult to improve’.The France midfielder has been linked with a big-money move away from Juventus, with a return to former club Manchester United reported to be in the pipeline as Jose Mourinho looks to further bolster the team.The European champions, meanwhile, are also long-term admirers of the 23-year-old, who left Old Trafford in July 2012 after rejecting a new contract offer.Madrid are currently at a pre-season training camp in Canada ahead of the International Champions Cup game against Paris Saint-Germain, and Zidane wants everyone’s focus on the job in hand rather than who could yet come into the club over the closing weeks of the summer transfer window.“I am happy with the squad I have got and it’s difficult to improve on it,” Zidane acknowledged at a press conference.“Do I like Pogba? Of course, he’s a very good player and every club wants the best players, but right now he’s at Juve and we have a large squad already.“There are still lots of players yet to join up with the squad and with the Euros going on we couldn’t do anything.“We have three games coming up and that’s the focus at the moment.” 1last_img read more

Woman who stole t-shirts and handbag ordered to keep the peace

first_imgA woman who stole t-shirts and a handbag worth a total of €65 from Dunnes Stores has been ordered to keep the peace for 12 months.Mary McDonagh, aged 20, appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with the thefts on June 22nd last at Dunnes Stores, Oldtown, Letterkenny. The court heard Gardai were called, viewed CCTV footage and called to the home of Ms McDonagh.They recovered t-shirts worth €35 and a handbag worth €30.She admitted the thefts.The court heard that Ms McDonagh had one previous conviction for a similar offence for which she received an adult caution.Solicitor Frank Dorrian told the court that this was an “impulsive act” and Ms McDonagh was a married but separated woman of very limited means.Judge Paul Kelly ordered Ms McDonagh to keep the peace for one year.Woman who stole t-shirts and handbag ordered to keep the peace was last modified: September 18th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more