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DH in court for drug trafficking and related charges

18 January 2019

Eastern Magistracy in Sai Wan Ho

By Vir B. Lumicao

A Filipina domestic worker appeared on Eastern Court on Jan 17 facing three drug-related charges, including drug trafficking.

The focus of the magistrate, however, was not on the defendant, Michelle Dabao, but on the attempt by the prosecution to adjourn the hearing yet again for another four weeks.

Dabao was arrested sometime late last year, while allegedly carrying an unspecified amount of dangerous drugs and equipment to sniff drugs.

She was charged with one count each of “trafficking in a dangerous drug,” “possession of a dangerous drug” and “possession of apparatus fit for the inhalation of a dangerous drug”. No other details were given. 

Magistrate Peter Law asked the prosecutor if she was trying to hide some information from the court for seeking a new adjournment until Feb 14 for the same “for further legal advice”, the same reason she gave for the adjournment on Dec 15.

The prosecutor said investigators were still considering what charge they would lay against Dabao based on the findings on her drug test.

She assured the judge she was giving the court true information and that it would take one to two days to prepare the file and send it to the Justice Department.

“But the file was sent to the DOJ on Jan 3, two weeks before the application for adjournment. Why didn’t you tell the court on Dec 15?” Magistrate Law asked.

He told the prosecutor to tell the police there would be no application for adjournment until she gets a full picture of the investigation, as the defendant has been in custody for some time.

“Tell the police if they don’t give the prosecution the whole picture, it will be their fault,” Law said.

The judge allowed the adjournment this time, but shortened it to two weeks until Jan 24.

He told Dabao to return to court then. In the meantime, he ordered her remanded into custody.


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