The case against a female Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) officer, who was allegedly caught with drugs in her private part has been dropped.
Lydia Charlery of La Pointe, Mon Repos was caught with two “bricks” suspected to be hashish or cannabis resin, tightly wrapped in a clear plastic bag and further concealed in foil paper in her possession on April 12, 2015.
The entire package reportedly weighed about 25 grams and was hidden in a sanitary pad worn by the correctional officer.
A court official confirmed with St. Lucia News Online (SNO) on Tuesday that the matter was called about three times and each time, the files were not ready.
As such, the case was dismissed on the basis of ‘non- disclosure’, which simply means the failure to reveal or disclose information, especially in a court of law.
The 40-year-old mother of three was charged with possession of a controlled drug, intent to supply a controlled drug, attempt to introduce a controlled drug to a correctional facility and attempt to introduce a cell phone to a correctional facility.
She appeared in the First District Court on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, where she was granted bail in the sum of EC$2,500 or suitable surety.
Charlery was asked to surrender her travel documents and restricted from leaving the state without the court’s permission.
A few weeks later, the officer was allowed back on the job, which caught the attention of many persons.
The BCF had defended the female employee, stating, “There is a presumption of innocence to everyone. We have to be very mindful that we don’t become the judge and the executioner.”