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Yvette was not involved, high court hears

February 13, 2019 6:40 am
Yvette Nikolic walks behind her husband, heading to the Suva high court

Defense counsel for Yvette Nikolic maintains that she was not aware of the items on board their yacht Shenanigans.

Yvette Nikolic is charged with drug-related offense.

Day seven into the trial for the Australian couple and the court heard that Yvette was not part of any transactions made by her husband John Nikolic.

State witness Detective Acting Corporal, Aten Prasad took the stand claiming Yvette was not involved in the wire transfer of more than $38,000.

Defense counsel questioned Prasad whether the wiring of funds involved the Yvette or the yacht, to which Prasad replied no.

Prasad also informed the court that John Nikolic who is the captain of the yacht attempted suicide on the day of the arrest.

Prasad adds on June 22nd last year, while arriving at the scene, he saw John Nikolic lying motionless next to his wife Yvette and another crew member who was crying beside him.

The defense counsel also tracked out the documentary movement of items found on the vessel.

Prasad explained that the bag containing the items was sealed after he showed the contents to John, however, he revealed that the bag was ripped before.

The witness stated that this bag was then sealed and transported from Namaka Nadi to Totogo Police Station in Suva.

The bags contained 10 bars of cocaine, three were unwrapped, 65 ecstasy tablets, two plastic containers, and a flask.

The two are jointly charged with two counts each of importing an illicit drug with two alternative counts of possessing an illicit drug.

They are also charged with a count each of possessing arms and ammunition without holding an arms license.

The couple was arrested after authorities seized 13 bricks of cocaine weighing 15 Kilograms as well as ecstasy tablets with an estimated value of $30 million from their yacht.

The trial continues today.