DPP suffering from chikungunya
Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
Jamaica’s Court of Appeal could not sit today because two judges from two different panels set to hear cases are reportedly suffering from symptoms of the chikungunya virus.
There are eleven cases in the two divisions down for hearing this week.
Meanwhile, a murder case in one of the criminal courts at the Home Circuit Court had to be put off today because one of the jurors reported having symptoms of chikungunya.
In a related story, the trial of the businessman charged with the 2008 murder of his ex-girlfriend at the Oaklands Apartment in St Andrew was put off to next year.
Stephen Causewell’s bail was extended to April 27 next year when the trial is expected to begin.
The case could not start today because the room for which it was scheduled is being used by another murder trial.
The judge said even if a courtroom could be found, the case could not get underway because Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn is suffering from symptoms of chikungunya.
Causewell is accused of killing 27-year-old Nardia Mitchell at her apartment on July 16, 2008.
Mitchell’s body was found on the grounds of the apartment complex.
It was initially reported that she died after falling from the building.
However, a post mortem revealed that her injuries were not consistent with a fall.
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