SC Elder “Why was my client detained for four days?

Pamela Elder SC

SC Pamela Elder is asking why her client Marlene McDonald was denied two of her basic con­sti­tu­tion­al rights including a right  to rea­son­able bail and the right to be brought be­fore a ju­di­cial of­fi­cer.

She said her client fell ill after remaining in police custody for four days which was not absolutely necessary, since everything was in place for bail to be secured on behalf of  her client on Sunday night.

Mrs Elder SC while at St Clair medical hospital is also quoted as saying  “Yes, my client is ward­ed here. What has hap­pened is whol­ly un­for­tu­nate and un­nec­es­sary be­cause she was charged last night with all those of­fences and there was no rea­son what­so­ev­er in law that she should have con­tin­ued to be de­tained”.

She also questioned “So if the po­lice have rea­son­able grounds to sus­pect, then why wait so long to charge?”