George Nooks cocaine trial has been pushed back to March of next year.
The case for the embattled reggae singer turned up for court on Wednesday where the long awaited-trial was set to begin. The Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court judge, Justice Vaughn Smith, rescheduled the case to March 27, 2018. The singer is currently out on bail so the judge also extended his bond. George Nooks was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine in May of this year.
According to the police report, Nooks, 56, was stopped and search by officers who were carrying out an operation in Widcombe Heights, Kingston 6. Cops say that he was acting suspicious and then threw a bag he was carrying inside his car. A search was conducted and approximately two ounces of the illegal drug was found in the bag. He was booked for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act and subsequently granted bail to the tune of $80,000.
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The reggae icon’s attorney, Donahue Martin, says his client disputes what took place on the day of the arrest. “He (Nooks) has been disputing what has taken place and that has not changed. I don’t think I will be able to comment on the plan moving forward for the defense,” Martin said.
The judge also advised the attorney that the case could be tried in the Drug Treatment Court, a move that the attorney opposed. Queen’s Counsel Tom Tavares-Finson is the lead attorney for George Nooks. Finson is also the lawyer for Vybz Kartel who is currently preparing for his highly anticipated appeal trial in his murder case. Nooks is best known for his classic singles “God Is Standing By,” “Forty Leg Dread,” and “Tribal War.” If convicted he could face some jail time. Stay tuned for more updates on this case.