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RM rejects plea to dismiss Satterswaite case, prosecutors given until November to set trial date

Published:Friday | September 12, 2014 | 9:59 AM

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey has refused an application by defence attorneys to toss the multi-million dollar money laundering case against attorney-at-law Dawn Satterswaite and four others.

However, Pusey has given prosecutors until November 28 to "get their house in order."

Satterswaite, along with Janet Ramsay, Paulette Higgins and Annmarie Cleary, were arrested and charged in December last year based on allegations that they were in possession of millions of dollars in property linked to convicted drug dealer, Andrew Hamilton.

A fifth accused Andre Hamilton was arrested in July this year.

Defence attorneys sought to have the case dismissed or adjourned indefinitey citing the delays by prosecutors to proceed to trial.

Prosecutors explained that one of the reasons for they delay is that they are awaiting information from US authorities.

But Pusey, in her ruling, cited the Charter of Rights which guarantees accused person the right to a speedy trial and says this touches on the cornerstone of the judicial system.

She told prosecutors to ensure that when they return to court on November 28 that they are ready to set a trial date.

Pusey said she will make herself available, even at short notice, for case management.

"They must either put up or shut up," the magistrate said.

She also waived the bail conditions for Satterswaite, Ramsay, Higgins and Cleary so they no longer have to report to the police.

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