KNYSNA NEWS - Two Knysna suspects who were bust for cultivating dagga, growing trees, at their residence in December now have a second reprieve because of a blunder with police documents missing from the court roll.
As was reported in Knysna-Plett Herald (KPH) last week, the appearance of the pair in Knysna Court A on Wednesday 10 January did not happen because the docket was not on the court roll.
Now the latest development, as confirmed by police spokesperson Sergeant Chris Spies on 16 January, is that "this matter is still receiving attention and the suspects will be informed of their next court appearance after consultation with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)".
In a statement, the police said they had raided a private home in Queen Street on 14 December on a tip-off, and found a nursery of dagga trees being grown in the attic of the property, which led to the arrest of two people, aged 36 and 62, at about 17:00 on charges of cultivating dagga.
Spies said in the statement that the police had confiscated the trees and cultivating equipment found at the house.
The suspects were later released on condition to appear in court on 10 January, which is when the docket had gone missing.
At the time, the police told KPH that the two accused would be issued with new summonses to appear in court again soon. That will now depend on the NPA.
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