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Jury shortage

Published:Tuesday | November 4, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Jury shortage

A murder case had to be put off yesterday because there was insufficient jurors to be selected for the trial to start in the Home Circuit Court.

Although more than 1,000 summonses were sent out over the last three weeks only 23 jurors were in attendance for jury selection.

Following several challenges by lawyers for the defence and the prosecution, five jurors were selected.

Justice Lloyd Hibbert said seven more jurors had to be selected. The case was adjourned tomorrow for additional jurors to be summoned.

There should have been at least 54 jurors in attendance for a murder case with three accused because of the challenges. The three accused are entitled to a total of 21 challenges while the prosecution is entitled to the same number.

The accused men Bryan Rose, Kevon Pearce, Navion Richards are to be tried for the fatal shooting of a man in Kintyre, St Andrew in May 2012.

It is being alleged that the three men were among a group of men who attacked the deceased and shot him. After the deceased fell, one of the men in the group shot him in the head and another man used a building block to hit him in the head.

Rose and Richards had their bail extended while Pearce was furthter remanded.

Last month Justice Minister Mark Golding outlined several proposals that are to be made to the Jury Act to solve the problems the courts are facing with jury shortage.