Under the gavel at Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court: Drugs top the roll

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This week in the Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court:

• The case against a man accused of robbery with aggravated circumstances was postponed due to his Legal Aid attorney not being available. The accused asked whether he could speak with the complainant but the magistrate immediately advised him against it. He was reminded that part of his bail agreement is that he is not allowed to make contact with the complainant. The case will now be heard on June 29.

• A 59-year-old woman from the Pennington area was found in possession of 77 grams of dagga on May 1. After being granted Legal Aid for her defence, she pleaded guilty. She is unmarried, has two children (one of whom is still in school), is unemployed and is a first time offender. She was fined R1 000 or face three months’ imprisonment, fully suspended for five years. The dagga was forfeited to the state.

• A young man from Riverside Park in Umzinto appeared in court for being in possession of nine capsules of heroin. The matter was transferred from the Umzinto Magistrate’s Court. The case was postponed to July 2 for consultation.

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• A man appeared in court for drunken driving and causing an accident on April 29, 2016. The accused didn’t qualify for Legal Aid so will either conduct his own defence or get his own lawyer. The accused said he needed to leave for Mozambique soon for personal reasons. The magistrate stated that personal matters should be kept out of court and that court should be one’s top priority. The accused said he understood. He also told the court that he intended pleading guilty. The case has been postponed to July 6 to give the accused enough time to find his defence.

• Making his first appearance, a young man faced charges of unlawfully driving a motor vehicle in Scottburgh on September 8 last year while under the influence of alcohol. He was granted Legal Aid and the case was postponed to July 2 for consultation.

• A man and woman face charges of fraud. When they appeared at court on Thursday morning, the state withdrew charges against the man. The woman is still out on extended bail and is expected to appear on July 13.

• The elderly woman vagrant appeared again for her ongoing shoplifting case. The case was postponed to June 26 for diversion.

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