New court dates for musicians on cocaine rap
Two of the six entertainers who were arrested after they were reportedly found with cocaine at the Sangster International Airport last December, had their case set for mention on April 20, when they appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's (RM) Court on Wednesday.
Simone Bacchas, an entertainment manager, is charged with possession of, dealing in, and attempting to export one and a half pounds of cocaine, while Claudette Miller-Robinson, the former lead singer of the group Ebony, is charged in relation to one pound of cocaine.
Bacchas was remanded in custody, while Miller-Robinson had her bail extended after presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie was informed that the prosecution's case file was not yet complete.
"I understand, from the police liaison officer, that the forensic certificates in these matters are here ... . However, the chain-of-custody statements are not on file," clerk of the court Natalie Malcolm told Tie.
After briefly conferring with the women's defence attorney, Martyn Thomas, Tie set the next court date for April 20.
"Mrs Miller-Robinson, you are to return here on April 20. Ms Bacchas, you will be brought back on April 20," the magistrate informed the two defendants.
Bacchas and Miller-Robinson were among six persons who were arrested on December 18, 2014, after they were reportedly held with varying amounts of the substance prior to boarding a flight out of Jamaica.
Two members of the group, Garth Jobson and Ramone Rowe, pleaded guilty and were sentenced following their appearances before the Montego Bay RM Court on Monday, March 23. Jobson was sentenced to 14 months in prison and ordered to pay a fine of $100,000, while Rowe was sentenced to nine months in prison and ordered to pay a fine of $100,000.
The other two defendants, Kharell Wisdom and Kevin Tapper, have also pleaded guilty to, possession of, dealing in, and attempting to export cocaine, and are awaiting sentencing. Wisdom pleaded guilty for three pounds and three ounces of cocaine, while Tapper pleaded guilty in relation to three and a quarter pounds of cocaine.