Nayele jailed 8 years

Nayele AmetefehThe court sitting on Nayele Ametefe’s case  has sentenced her to eight years, eight months imprisonment for smuggling 12.5 kilogrammes of cocaine into the United Kingdom (UK).

She was sentenced on her own plea by the Isleworth Crown Court in London yesterday, at her third appearance in court.

A new lawyer, James Kobby, represented her in court but Nayele did not change her plea of guilty.

A source said she appeared in court well dressed and looked indifferent when the sentence was passed.

However, an aggressive family member attacked some members of the press outside the court, after the sentence was pronounced.

According to the source, prosecutors told the court that the cocaine carried by Nayele was 76% pure and had a street value of 1.8 million pounds.

The prosecutors said Nayele had $23,000 and additional 6,000 Pounds Sterling in her handbag, which were payments for her courier services, before she was arrested.

According to the prosecutors, Nayele whose brazen act shocked even the most notorious daredevil, was sending the cocaine to South America.

Her travel itinerary, the court was told, indicated that she was leaving the United Kingdom two days after her arrival, for the Dominican Republic.

The 12 kilogrammes of cocaine was, therefore, not meant to be consumed in the UK.

In his submission for mitigation, Mr. Kobby told the court she came from an underprivileged home and married a spare parts dealer at Ghana’s famous spare-parts market, Abossey Okai.

She has three children, the first being 16 years old. Her marriage broke down and she has been a single mother.

She was forced by circumstances to engage in transporting drugs to support her newly-attained high-class status and take care of her three children, the lawyer said.

After listening to both prosecution and defence counsel, the court convicted the 32-year-old to eight years and eight months imprisonment.

She has to serve at least half of the term before she can be eligible for parole.

The case of confiscation hearing is scheduled for July 6, 2015, Godwin Adjei-Gyamfi, former Senior Prosecutor, Crown Prosecutor Service, UK, said in a facebook post.

Nayele Ametefeh was arrested at the Heathrow International Airport on November 10, 2014, with cocaine in her luggage.

She was subsequently charged with Class A drug trafficking, put before the Uxbridge Magistrate Court on Thursday, November 11, 2014 and remanded in prison custody.

At her second court appearance, via a video link on Thursday, November 27, 2014, she pleaded guilty to all the charges against her.

The court, however, declined to state the exact quantity of the substance she was carrying due to on-going forensic analysis.

The prosecution, led by Ravinder John, told the court that Nayele earlier informed border patrol officers that she was in the UK for shopping.

Nayele’s arrest and subsequent trial has also led to the arrest and trial of six people in connection with the case in Ghana.

They include two women, Nana Akua Amponsah and Sadalia Sandra Nuhu, both businesswomen, who travelled with Nayele but are believed to have abandoned her after she was nabbed by the police in the UK.

The two, who were arrested on their return to Accra, have been put before the Accra Circuit Court for allegedly conspiring with Nayele to convey illegal drugs to the UK.

They both pleaded not guilty to the charges and were first remanded by the court before being granted bail subsequently.

The other four before the court in connection with the case are, Alhaji Mohammed Dawood, a businessman; Abiel Ahsitey Armah, a Foreign Service Officer; Ahmed Abubakar, a Protocol Officer, and Theophilus Kissi, a Civil Servant.

The Narcotic Control Board was also dissolved in the wake of the scandal.

By Charles Amankwa     

 

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