December 10 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, September 26, 2013
A woman who admitted she had cocaine during a police search in Hampstead has been found guilty of possessing the drug, despite saying she was actually referring to cans of Coca-Cola.
Yasmin Amer Aslam, 42, stashed 18 wraps containing 9.62 grams of cocaine in the driver’s footwell of her car.
But the drug was found when two police officers pulled the vehicle over to search it in Redington Road.
When an officer picked up a bag containing cocaine and asked Aslam, “What’s this?”, she replied, “It’s coke”, Highbury Magistrates court heard last Thursday.
But she later back-tracked, arguing that she believed the other officer, who was looking through her shopping bags in the boot, had asked her the question while holding up cans of Coca-Cola.
Chief magistrate Melvin Marks dismissed the excuse, saying that it would have been obvious to the officer what the can was, as Coca-Cola was printed in large letters on the side of the drink.
Aslam, of Canary Wharf, was sentenced to an eight-hour curfew for 28 days, monitored by an electronic tag, and orderd to pay costs of £220.
Police officers also found a 10-inch kitchen knife inside a shopping bag in the boot of her car.
But Aslam was found not guilty of possessing a knife in a public place. Her defence lawyer said she had borrowed the knife from her mother to make a curry.