Saturday 28 March, 2020

George Nooks cocaine trial expected to begin next week

Reggae singer George Nooks will return to court on May 24th when it is expected that his trial for possession of cocaine will begin. 

"We expect that the trial will start when the matter goes to court barring any unforeseen circumstances. We are confident because we are of the view that Mr Nooks has a good case and in the long run, he will be acquitted," attorney-at-law Tom Tavares Finson told Loop Jamaica reporter Claude Mills. 

Nooks is also being represented by Donahue Martin. 

The last time the 'Ride Out the Storm' singer's case appeared before Judge Vaughn Smith in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court in Half-Way-Tree a few months ago, the judge advised Nooks's attorney, Martin, that the case should be tried in the Drug Treatment Court. However, Martin said his team is opposed to this move.

The 56-year-old entertainer, who is charged with possession of cocaine, was arrested one year ago for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act on Friday, May 5, 2017. Reports are that about 9:00 pm, lawmen were on operation in the community when they observed Nooks acting in a manner that aroused their suspicion. The cops report that he was accosted and a bag he was carrying searched; the bag was found to contain just under two ounces of cocaine. However, there has been some debate in the media about conflicting reports as to where the actual arrest was made. 

During the last court appearance, Martin also received the judge's approval to review the Duhaney Park Police Station's narcotics and crime diaries from the period May 4 to 10, 2017. According to the attorney, this request will allow the defence to review the documented events surrounding the case.

Nooks, who performed as Prince Mohammed during the late 1970s and 1980s, is known for songs such as 'God is Standing By' , 'Ride out the Storm' and 'Tribal War'. 

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