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Judge's illness delays entertainers' sentencing

Published:Thursday | March 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:

Garth Jobson and Ramone Rowe, the two Montego Bay based entertainers, who pleaded guilty to cocaine charges following their arrest at the Sangster International Airport on December 18, 2014, had their sentencing put off until March 23, as the judge, who was to handle the sentencing, was absent because of illness.

Thirty-four-year-old Jobson, of an Albion address, in St James, had previously pleaded guilty in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court to possession of, dealing in, and attempting to export five pounds of cocaine; while 29-year-old Rowe, of Rose Mount, also in St James, had pleaded guilty to possession of, dealing in, and attempting to export two pounds of cocaine.

Yesterday's deferral of sentencing marks the fourth occasion on which the men have had their sentencing delayed. During their last court appearance on March 6, their sentencing was delayed due to the absence of one of their defence attorneys, Martyn Thomas.

The allegations against Jobson and Rowe are that, on December 18, 2014, they were preparing to depart the island for New Jersey, from the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, when they were taken aside and interviewed by airport authorities.

The two men were subsequently taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital, where Jobson excreted 181 pellets of cocaine, and Rowe excreted 94 pellets. The men were later arrested and charged.

Jobson and Rowe were among six defendants who were all arrested on similar charges related to cocaine. The other four defendants are Kevin Tapper, Kharell Wisdom, and Claudette Miller-Robinson, all entertainers, and Simone Bacchas, an entertainment manager.

Miller-Robinson is charged in relation to one pound of cocaine, and Bacchas for one and a half pounds of cocaine; while Wisdom has not yet been pleaded in relation to his case. All three will return to court on March 25, with Miller-Robinson currently on bail and Wisdom and Bacchas in custody.

Tapper, who pleaded guilty in relation to three and a quarter pounds of cocaine, will be sentenced on March 27.