Drug trafficking: four years in British jail for ex-principal

2012-03-17 00:00

THE former head of a Durban primary school has been sentenced to four years and nine months’ jail in a British prison for drug trafficking.

Annabella Momplé, who resigned as principal of Carrington Heights Primary two months ago, was arrested at Heathrow Airport in December last year after the equivalent of 2,5 kg of pure cocaine was found in her luggage.

On Thursday Momplé pleaded guilty to charges of importing cocaine. She admitted that she was supposed to hand the packages over to a contact in Dublin for approximately R40 000.

Sunday Times journalist Paddy Harper, Momplé’s brother, said the family was devastated. “It was an act of desperation … but she committed a criminal offence and therefore has to face her time in prison.”

He said that according to the evidence Momplé was pressured into carrying the drugs to pay off a gambling debt incurred by her second husband, David Serem, a teacher at Carrington Heights who is originally from North Africa.

When contacted, Serem declined to comment.

Harper said the family hoped the SA police would investigate, as there were other people involved in the crime.

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