Imaan supports Darr's alibi

Stabroek News
October 19, 2000

Mohamed Rafiq, the person in charge of the Masjid at McDoom, East Bank Demerara, yesterday testified bringing a close to the more than two-month car-chase cocaine trial.

The Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) had charged Albert Vaughn, Trenton Allicock and Morris Darr with trafficking in some ten pounds of cocaine following a car-chase through several city streets on August 11, in which gunfire was exchanged.

However, last Friday Chief Magistrate, Paul Fung-A-Fat inflicted a four-year prison term on 41-year-old Allicock after he gave a confession claiming all the drugs.

Today, written addresses are expected to be submitted by the lawyers.

In his sworn testimony, Rafiq of 22 Eccles, said that for the last 24 years he has been preaching the sermon at the mosque where Darr worships. He went on to state that the defendant was a part of his August 11, congregation and on that day, he saw him for the last time at about 1330 hrs.

Under cross-examination, the Imaan explained that the reason he noticed Darr among a gathering of 24-odd persons was because they spoke before the beginning of the sermon.

Earlier in the morning, Darr also concluded his testimony claiming that he parked his car at his family residence and walked over to the Masjid. He said it was while he was going back to pick up his vehicle that he noticed CANU officers leaving his family home. Insisting that the evidence he gave was the total truth, Darr denied seeing Vaughn and handing over the black plastic bag that contained the drugs.

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