Policeman had a “hunch” about Myrie
A policeman stationed at Grantley Adams International Airport two years ago said he had a “hunch” that Shanique Myrie could be a drug courier when she arrived in Barbados on March 14, 2011.
But Constable Everton Gittens told the Caribbean Court of Justice earlier today that he later dispelled that notion after interviewing the 25-year-old woman, and instead thought she was coming here to work.
Gittens, who was the senior Drugs Squad officer on duty when Myrie arrived, made the revelation while continuing his testimony in Myrie’s discrimination case against the Barbados Government.
Gittens said that Myrie was not searched in a bathroom facility at the airport that day, but that her luggage was searched by customs officials and no drugs were found.
The policeman also denied that he or his police colleague on duty at the airport that day ever threatened Myrie during the course of their brief interview with the Jamaican woman in an upstairs office at the airport.
Under cross examination by Myrie’s lawyer Nancy Anderson, Gittens told the court he got the original hunch after becoming suspicious of Myrie’s antics when she first entered the airport’s arrival hall.
He said his second hunch came after interviewing Myrie and receiving false information from her about whom she would be staying with during her stay. (BA)