Woman cleared of £400k drug import by 5-4 majority
Monday 11th February 2013, 10:00AM GMT.
A HAMPSHIRE woman sobbed as she was acquitted of importing drugs worth more than £400,000 by the narrowest margin.
After nearly two hours of deliberation, senior Jurat David Le Conte told the Royal Court that he and his colleagues had found Coleen Kelly, 52, not guilty on all five charges by majority 5-4 decisions.
On 29 July last year, the defendant arrived in St Peter Port on a Condor ferry from Poole.
In the boot of her car was a gift-wrapped package, about 2ft x 1ft. It was found to contain more than 5,000 Ecstasy tablets, 12kg of cannabis resin, and three different types of steroid.
She denied all knowledge of the package claiming that it had been put in the boot of the car by her co-accused and boyfriend, Stephen Risbridger. He has admitted five counts of drug importation and is in prison awaiting sentencing.
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