Uganda cocaine death - SA woman a suspect

2012-02-27 22:30

Kampala - Police in Uganda say they are poised to arrest a South African woman who survived after ingesting the contaminated cocaine that killed a US freelance television producer for the show Amazing Race.

Police spokesperson Asuman Mugyenyi said on Monday that Kathryne Fuller, who is still in the hospital, is being treated as a witness and suspect.

Producer Jeff Rice was found dead on February 18 on the balcony of the hotel room he shared with Fuller. Fuller was found unconscious on the floor near Rice. A forensic investigation found that Rice died of a drug overdose.

The case has alerted officials here to the possibility that Uganda is becoming a "consumption destination", a location where adventurers and addicts can consume illicit drugs with little risk of police detection.

  • Matanje - 2012-02-27 23:02

    Drugs can be consumed anywhere on the globe (just as long as you've got them through the port). I don't think anybody cares anymore. I don't think anybody SHOULD care beyond considering how you raise your own children to survive without drugs in adulthood. THIS IS A NON-STORY.

  • James - 2012-02-28 01:38

    Well in corrupt Africa drugs are more available. Employers care about drug users, so do victims of drug crimes so does whole communities, like Southside Of Chicago,etc. etc. Ravaged by drugs and crime.

  • Martin Hugo - 2012-02-28 04:39

    People wont travel to go do drugs if it is readily available locally. Thats stupid, if someone has already made that leap, chances are they wont be that paranoid to have to travel that far. The film industry is rife with drugs, if anyone is a victim in this it is the girl, of a decadent subculture and probably of the producer himself. She would not have inflicted the drugs on herself if she intended to poison the dude.

  • Godfrey - 2012-02-28 05:34

    This the silly girl whose father asked everyone to pray for her yesterday. Fat lot of good that achieved. So lets hear from all of those who castigated me yesterday for pointing out that prayer is pointless and achieves nothing? And those who told me that prayer does work?

      Janice - 2012-02-28 06:45

      Just try and show some compassion for her Father, regardless of what she may have done...Imagine being in his shoes right now!!!!!

      spartanx93 - 2012-02-28 07:03

      praying is a fantasy.....

      Godfrey - 2012-02-28 07:50

      @Janice I expressed concern in that regard yesterday. Children go off the rails with regularity. All I have pointed out is that praying never achieved anything - and obviously, as demonstrated in this case, does no now.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-28 11:50

      At it again Godfrey, as I said to you yesterday, zip it, this is not the time or place to waffle on about your atheism.. We really don't care much for your belief systems..

      Ryan - 2012-03-02 09:54

      "after two weeks of nervous worry ,the prayers of a Durban father have been answered "she is coming home ,and ..."fuller has also spoken of the emotional and financial strain his family has had to endure ,but Nathanson said his burden had been greatly relieved by anonymous Samaritans....He said these samaritans had for the most part ,settled Kathrynes hospital bill,and that someone had upgraded their plane tickets home to first class" if this is not prayers getting answered i don't know what is!!!!!!

  • Erich - 2012-02-28 07:15

    With so many baddies in this country, our druggies outside the country are surely also contributing to tarnish our image further.

      Bibi - 2012-02-28 07:43

      I do not think it is tarnishing SA image - only their own and the respective families. They are the ones that is suffering. It is a well known fact that drugs in Africa is mostly mixed with other stuff, often poisonous substances.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-28 11:52

      @Bibi, not only Africa, the whole world. Your comment "It is a well known fact that drugs in Africa is mostly mixed with other stuff, often poisonous substances." is a misrepresentation. this is a world wide problem and not "only in Africa"..

  • Mike - 2012-02-28 08:37

    Perhaps it would be prudent, as well as showing a tiny bit of compassion if, rather than making ignorant and unwarranted comments we gave a little thought to the trauma her family is going through and if we looked back and recognised the stupid things we have all done at one time or another in our lives that we got away with. As it happens, she is a really nice young girl and the family and the PI are doing their level best to get her home for much needed medical treatment. Sloppy reporting with little or no investigation into the facts appears to be them norm these days.

  • Olivia - 2012-02-28 09:48

    What is it with these stupid people and drugs??

      jody.beggs - 2012-02-28 12:16

      Yes and I'm sure your a pure blood innocent ! Who knows maybe it was her first time ? Damn the man.

  • Mark Allen - 2012-03-02 15:14

    I have no sympathy for her, she has danced with the devil and lost. Lots of sympathy for her family though..

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