A couple, that was recently busted with a quantity of narcotics, arms, and ammunition at their Sophia home, were moments ago remanded to prison for the offences.

Godfrey Bacchus, 51 and his reputed wife, Stacy Cort, 34, both sanitation workers and of GPL Reserved, North Sophia, Greater Georgetown, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

The first charge stated that both of them, on November 25, 2019, at GPL Reserved, North Sophia, Greater Georgetown, had in their possession 34 kilograms 750 grams of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

The second charge stated that on the same day and at the same location, Bacchus had in his possession 66 rounds of ammunition when he was not the holder of a firearm license enforced at the time.

It was further alleged that on the same day and at the same location, he had in his possession, one AK-47 and one pistol when he was not the holder of a firearm license enforced at the time.

Both defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

They were both represented by attorney-at-law Bernard Dasilva. The lawyer, in an unsuccessful bail application, told the court that the alleged arms and ammunition were found in a trench near his clients’ home.

He said that the marijuana was discovered in an ice-pitcher. The lawyer added that his client, Bacchus, provided police with information which led police to issue a wanted bulletin for 27-year-old Steve Richard Bacchus.

However, Police Prosecutor, Gordon Mansfield stated that his facts are totally different from that of the lawyer.

The prosecutor told the court that on the day in question, police, acting on information, went to the home of the defendants’ to carry out a search.

The court heard that when the ranks were approaching the home, one of them observed Bacchus throwing a wrapped parcel in a nearby trench. The parcel was retrieved and the arms and ammunition were unearthed.

A further search was carried out and more narcotics were found in the couple’s bedroom.

The prosecutor added that the police are in possession of a video interview in which Bacchus admitted ownership of the articles while his wife admitted ownership of the narcotics that were found in the bedroom.

On those grounds, the prosecutor objected to bail being granted to the defendants on the grounds of the prevalence of the offence and the penalty the charges attract.

The Magistrate remanded the couple to prison citing that no special reason was highlighted.

They are expected to make their next court appearance on December 4, when they will appear in the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Courts.


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