Cocaine On Roof Leads to Conviction

A CONGOLESE man who has spent the past four years in jail after the police found cocaine with a street market value of almost N$1 million at his house was convicted of dealing in drugs on Friday.

Kiboti Mosizi Guyslain and his Angolan-born wife, Elizabeth Paula Pedro, were both arrested on a charge of dealing in dangerous dependence-producing drugs after police officers discovered 1,6 kilogrammes of cocaine at the couple’s rented house in Dorado Park in Windhoek on 9 June 2010.

On Friday, Guyslain was alone in the dock in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court to hear the verdict in his and his wife’s trial.

After spending more than a year in custody, Pedro was released on bail of N$10 000 in July 2011. She stopped reporting to the police as required in terms of her bail conditions two years later. Having not been rearrested since then, she remains a fugitive from justice in Namibia.

Police officers visited the couple’s residence on 9 June 2010 after they had received information that drugs were being sold from the house, Magistrate Ingrid Unengu recounted when she handed down her judgement in Guyslain’s trial.

When police officers entered the house, they heard a toilet being flushed inside. They found Pedro in a bathroom, and in a toilet in the bathroom they discovered four objects which Pedro had been trying to flush away. The objects contained cocaine.

At the scene, Guyslain told the police officers that the objects were his, and that his wife had told him to stop with the business he had been engaged in, the magistrate said.

When a police officer extended the search of the premises to the roof of the house, where two plastic bags containing more suspicious objects were found, Guyslain started to cry and begged one of the police officers for forgiveness, the magistrate further recounted the evidence heard during the trial.

The two bags on the roof had 131 objects, similar to the ones found in the toilet, inside. Described as ‘tubes’ or ‘bullets’, those objects also contained cocaine, laboratory tests confirmed later.

The police also confiscated money – consisting of US$56 570, N$2 000 and R1 400 – that had been found in the house. The prosecutor general later had the seized money declared forfeited to the State under the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.

In the application to have the money forfeited as suspected proceeds of crime, the High Court was informed that although Guyslain and Pedro were not employed, they were living in a house where Guyslain was paying monthly rent of N$8 000. That situation, together with the fact that the money and drugs to the value of N$800 000 were found at the couple’s house, led to the suspicion that they were dealing in drugs, the court was told.

Following his conviction, Guyslain is due to reappear in court on 1 July for the hearing of arguments before his sentencing.

He is represented by defence lawyer OJ Lino.

Source : The Namibian