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Vendor allegedly held with unfit ackee granted bail

Published:Friday | October 31, 2014 | 9:27 AM

A Manchester woman who was arrested after she was allegedly seen cutting open unfit ackee pods while plying her wares at the Charles Gordon Market, in St James, has been offered bail in sum of $100,000.



Forty-five-year-old Pauline Powell, from Evergreen in Manchester, appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday on breaches of the Agricultural Produce Act and the Unlawful Possession of Property Act.



In applying for bail, attorney-at-law Martyn Thomas, who is representing Powell, said his client was refuting the allegations.



The attorney further argued that Powell has no previous convictions, and that she is not a flight risk.



Bail was granted and the accused was ordered to report at the Mile Gully Police Station on Mondays and Thursdays, between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.



She is to return to court on November 28 when the case will again be mentioned.



It is alleged that on Tuesday October 28 a policeman was on foot patrol at the Charles Gordon Market when he saw Powell using a knife to open ackee pods.



Ackee is only fit for consumption when their pods have opened naturally while still attached to a tree.



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