Girl, 15, and 4 others on ganja charge

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A 15-year-old schoolgirl was among five charged yesterday with the possession of marijuana.

The teenager, along with Narissa Bissoondath, 23, her husband Rajkumar Bissoodath, 23, Naieem Mohammed, 18, and Sarah Stewart, 25, appeared before San Fernando Sixth Court Magistrate Natalie Diop.

The schoolgirl was represented by attorney Shaughn Ali.

Magistrate Diop read on October 23, at Tarouba Link Road, Tarouba, they had in their possession a plant-like material resembling marijuana. They were charged by police Constable Laptiste of Aranguez Highway Patrol.

The charge was laid indictably and they were not called on to plea.

Police prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said the five allegedly had in their possession a large plastic packet containing two smaller plastic packets and a cigarette with extended pieces containing dry plant-like material, which weighed 5.5 grammes.

Ali said his client was 15 years and had an impressive school record. He said her father, who is a driver, was in court on her behalf.

The Bissoondaths have a three-year-old child. The wife said she is an accounts clerk and the husband said he worked as a labourer. They live at Iere Village, Princes Town.

Mohammed, also from Iere Village, said he is a student and a part-time lorryman. He said he is studying electrical maintenance at a tertiary institution. Stewart said she operated a bar and is a secretary with two children.

Police prosecutor Seedan said he had no objections to bail except for Rajkumar Bissoondath, who owed outstanding money for a conviction he was found guilty of in 2012. Bissoondath said he was owing $600 on the matter and did not pay it because he was unemployed.

Magistrate Diop granted own bail to his wife, Narissa, Mohammed and Stewart in the sum of $7,000. The teen was also granted bail with a surety in the care of her father for $7,000.

Rajkumar Bissoondath was granted bail with a surety of $10,000. All matters were adjourned to November 21.

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