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Ganja not tested after nearly two years - Court hears

Michael Lloyd pleaded not guilty to unlawful possession of cannabis on August 17, 2012 after allegedly being found with four marijuana plants on July 11, 2012. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – After nearly two years, Police are yet to test the substance allegedly used to bring charges against Michael Lloyd, 57, of Brewers Bay.

Lloyd pleaded not guilty to unlawful possession of cannabis on August 17, 2012 after allegedly being found with four marijuana plants on July 11, 2012. He is unrepresented before the court.

When the matter was called before Magistrate Dr Velon L. John on February 26, 2014 the prosecution announced that the substance had still not been tested because of the absence of an analyst in the Territory.

Crown Counsel Herbert Potter told the court that an analyst is expected in the Territory from Barbados shortly and a report should be issued following her visit.

At the time of his arrest, Lloyd reportedly requested that Police officers give him a break after requesting to hide the plants he was found with.

Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards previously expressed surprise when the matter arose last year and it was disclosed by the Prosecutor that officers generally wait until there is a certain quantity of evidence to be tested before summoning the analyst to the Territory.

“We can’t have Mr Lloyd and others coming here then,” Magistrate Richards said. It was indicated that the analyst would come to the Territory to inspect another “big haul” of drugs and the situation would remain the same, meaning that lesser drug quantities would remain untested.

Lloyd was found guilty late last year of threatening to kill another man and eat him raw.

18 Responses to “Ganja not tested after nearly two years - Court hears”

  • Yes (04/03/2014, 14:59) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    It is too late to test that weed because it done spoil or them boys done sell it off or done smoke it.LOL
  • Well Sah! (04/03/2014, 15:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yo could hear stupidness buddy.
  • huh (04/03/2014, 15:01) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sheer incompetence!
  • Really (04/03/2014, 15:19) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    OK, I would say 4 plants is nothing, but to say you will kill and eat a person is a whole other ball game. If you kill someone and eat them, there would be no evidence, except if they test your stool soon after..LOL LOL LOL
  • ccc (04/03/2014, 15:50) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    That photo says it all
  • life (04/03/2014, 15:54) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    Look he face wah he don’t give his life to jesus
  • ?? (04/03/2014, 16:32) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    How he aint eat the grass raw??
  • zoe (04/03/2014, 16:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dismiss the charges , sheer incompetence , rediculous , am sure they test others , dismiss it
  • sea weed (04/03/2014, 18:22) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Just Legalise the weed
  • free up (04/03/2014, 19:10) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    D police shouldve given the man a break...stop stressing di elder...further more thats the only tea the man can drink...
  • inspector (04/03/2014, 19:22) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    The officers responsible for arresting this man should be charge I am sure that at this point they cannot find those four marijuana plants the analyst is here occasionally what in Gods name could have preventing the arresting office for two years from carrying those plants to be tested I totally agree with Zoe it is sheer incompetence and the charge against this man should be thrown out
  • man from east (04/03/2014, 21:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Am surprise this magistrate did not dismiss this already , its rediculous and show incompetence , the arresting officer should be investigated and charge for neglegence or demoted , suspended , some krap , even the analyst , all nonsence
  • yellow (04/03/2014, 23:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    People who knows nothing ABOUT THE MAN because that's his only way of survival!
  • Freshmeat (05/03/2014, 06:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Cannibal smoking pot. That's something to be scared about!
  • Music (05/03/2014, 06:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Meanwhile my coconuts are not getting picked. So how has this plant evidence been preserved?
  • yes we can (05/03/2014, 08:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    why you all would not leave the man alone before he eat some of you alive?
  • Positive (05/03/2014, 13:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Do we practice CARNIBALISM in the territory?
  • Ahhh Bwoy (06/03/2014, 17:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So he eat others cooked and/or alive?...regardless-d man head sick an he should not b made to plea...some people 'play mad'-this not one of them

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