Woman who tried to smuggle drugs into prison for lover remanded

first_imgThe lover of a prisoner, who is on remand for murder, was slapped with a possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking charge and made her first appearance in court on Thursday.Twenty-nine-year-old, Wondika Sandiford appeared before Magistrate Zorina Ally-Seepaul at the Wales Magistrate’s Court, West Bank Demerara (WBD), without an attorney and pled not guilty to the charge.It was alleged that on Wednesday at about 13:00h, the 29-year-old female visited the Wales Police Station, West Bank Demerara (WBD), where prisoners were being held.According to the prosecution’s case, the woman approached police officers there and handed a rank a pair of black sneakers requesting that the policeman ensure that her boyfriend, Alexander La Cruz, receives the footwear.However, during the initial examination of the footwear, the rank became suspicious since the soles of each sneaker appeared out of place.He then proceeded to examine the items further which led to the discovery of a compressed plastic wrapper with 360 grams of cannabis in the form of leaves, seeds and stem in the inner sole of each sneaker.The 29-year-old female was immediately notified about the discovery and began to behave in a disorderly manner inside of the police station.However, the ranks continued with their investigation and weighed the narcotic in her presence before taking her into police custody.Magistrate Ally-Seepaul remanded the woman to prison. The case will continue on November 14, 2019.last_img read more


first_imgNeil and Daniel Doran in Derrybeg, Gweedore at 10pm enjoying the snow before bedtime.COUNTY council gritting lorries have been despatched across major roads in the county after snow falls in many parts of Donegal.It follows up to 3cms of snow in Mayo and Galway earlier.There had been snow in parts of Donegal on Friday morning. But as temperatures dropped again this evening, there has been more snow across the county, including in Glenties, Gaoth Dobhair, Letterkenny, Inishowen and Donegal Town.Driving conditions in many areas – including the Errigal Road in Dunlewey and the Barnesmore gap – are poor.A Garda spokesman appealed for drivers to take extreme care overnight.The snowfalls – although light – come ahead of a massive storm set to hit Donegal this weekend. The worst of it arrive around dawn, with high tides due around the same time.The Irish Coast Guard has again warned people to stay away from piers, harbours and coastal paths this weekend.It is also going to last longer than first thought; right through until 9pm on Sunday.Some forecasters believe the storm could be worse that first thought.Orange Alert Wind Warning for Munster, Leinster, Connacht, Donegal, Monaghan and CavanUpdate:During Saturday 1 February southwest winds, gradually veering westerly, will attain mean speeds of 65-75km/h gusting 110-130km/h countrywide.High seas generated by these winds, pressure much lower than normal, and higher than normal tides will combine to put Atlantic coasts under threat of flooding.Issued:Friday 31 January 2014 03:00Valid:Saturday 01 February 2014 03:00 to Saturday 01 February 2014 21:00 ROADS WARNING AS SNOW HITS DONEGAL AHEAD OF MONSTER STORM was last modified: February 1st, 2014 by John2Share 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)Tags:donegalsnowWarningweatherlast_img read more

NRI Women Urge Better Protection Against Marital Abandonment

first_imgA leading group of Indian women staged a protest outside the United Kingdom Home Office’s Visas and Immigration headquarters in London on August 16 to highlight the woes of women who come on ‘dependent visas’ to the country and are abandoned by their husbands.Indian Ladies in the UK (ILUK) urges the government to bring about a change in legal requirements under which husbands have the right to cancel a spousal visa on their own by claiming an end to their marriage, and the Indian wives are left with legal rights in the country.Need for Preservation of Women’s Rights The organisation wants the government to come up with a provision that entitles the wife to put across her views to the UK Home Office, and that her consent is taken before cancelling her dependent visa.“It is appalling that migrants bring their home-grown prejudices about the treatment of women and outdated ideas about caste, dowry etc. with them to the UK. While Britain’s immigration system has been generous to millions, it is also quite easily exploited by individuals who have no sense of right and wrong when it comes to the treatment of women,” Poonam Joshi, the founder of ILUK, said in a media statement.A UK Home Office spokesperson spoke about the government’s commitment to prevent abuse through marriage or other relationships. “We have taken a lead in tackling modern slavery, forced marriage and domestic violence and will continue to do so. We will look carefully at any evidence of where further action might help to prevent abuse or support victims,” the spokesperson said, PTI reported.Measures in IndiaThe issue has been receiving resonance in India as well. An expert committee was set up the External Affairs Ministry in May this year to look into the difficulties faced by Indian women married to overseas nationals and suggest changes in the existing policies.The committee, headed by Justice Arvind Kumar Goel, ex-Chairperson, Punjab’s NRI Commission and senior officers of Women and Child Development Ministry, Home and External Affairs Ministries and Department of Telecommunications, will take into account the suggestions from various people and make its recommendations to the government. “The recommendations will be examined by the government in consultation with a larger group of stakeholders to decide on the future course of action,” an official statement issued by the Women and Child Development Ministry said last month had said in July.The National Commission for Women website contains a section on problems related to NRI marriages, which lists out the main dos and don’ts that people need to keep in mind.Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal had recently emphasized on the need for stricter laws against Non-Resident Indian (NRI) men abandoning their Indian wives. “If today a man abandons his bride and flees the country, it is very difficult to get him back. This is why we need stringent rules,” she had said, talking about the need to follow Punjab’s model of setting up an NRI commission where such marriages can be registered. The commission also has a dedicated email id nri.dcw@gmail.com to which grievances can be sent.Taking Notes from Punjab’s ModelThe NRI commission in Punjab deals with the cases of NRI men abandoning their Indian brides after marriage. The Punjab Compulsory Registration of Marriages Act also makes it mandatory for people to register all the marriages, especially between an Indian and an NRI.Moreover, at the time of marriage, the man has to submit his passport number and important details such as permanent address in the overseas country. This aims at tackling the major obstacle of sending legal notices to the NRIs who abandon their wives. There is an NRI Affairs cell monitored by the Punjab Police on the NRI commission website, which provides information about NRI marriages.Increasing Number of Cases Around 12,000 cases and 55 recommendations were made by the DCW to the Central and Delhi governments in one year regarding the issue of NRI marriages gone wrong. Women’s helpline 181 received 3.15 lakh calls on the issue, reported The Hindu. Related ItemsFailed NRI marriagesIndian Ladies in the UK ILUKIndian women abroadLittle IndiaNRI marriage commissionNRI marriage issuesNRI wives abuseSwati Maliwal NRI wiveslast_img read more