Saturday, March 17, 2018

'Bullet to the head, so I smoke weed'

A LABOURER who claimed he was struck in the head by a bullet during a car-jacking and had since turned to marijuana to deal with pain, gave his story before the court on Monday.

Daren Umraw, 39 of Penal appeared before San Fernando magistrate Alicia Chankar charged with possession of marijuana. He was found with the drug following a road traffic accident along the SS Erin Road, Debe at 3.35 p.m. last Friday.

Police prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said one of the vehicles involved in the accident was driven by Umraw. On investigating the accident, constable Charles saw him “fidgeting with something on his leg” and he was asked him to exit the vehicle.

Umraw was searched and the drug was found in his pants pocket. It weighed 1.4 grammes.

Umraw told the court that in 2015, two men, one armed with a loaded gun and another with a knife, entered his car. He said during the hold-up, the gun was fired and it “tip my skull”. Umraw said his stolen car was later recovered by the police.

He admitted to the magistrate that he had been using the drug for the past three years to ease the pain. Umraw said around the period of there being a full moon, his injury would give him problems. “This thing does feel like it want to explode ... I can't eat or sleep with the pain.”

Chankar fined Umraw $1,000. He was given two weeks to pay the money. Should the fine go unpaid, Umraw would spend three months doing hard labour.