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December 11, 2013
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Labourer freed of drug charges
Rasbert Turner, Star Writer

A St Catherine man charged with breaching the Dangerous Drugs and Corrections Act after he was allegedly caught throwing contraband over the prison wall was freed in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Joel Nelson, 26-year-old labourer, of Central Village, St Catherine, was freed after the trial was concluded and the Crown agreed with submission made by defence attorney Courtney Maxwell.

He told the court that there was no connection between the accused and the items.

Maxwell said his client should be given the benefit of the doubt.

Resident Magistrate Marcia Dunbar-Green told the accused there is no case against him and that he was free to go.

bag over wall

The Crown led evidence that on November 2010, Nelson was walking along Barrett Street, Spanish Town. He was said to have thrown a bag over the wall of the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre. It fell into the prison compound and two parcels of ganja and a cellular phone were found.

He was subsequently arrested and charged with possession of ganja and breach of the Corrections Act.

He maintained his innocence throughout his many court appearances.

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