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Woman accused of cutting unfit ackees has bail extended

Published:Saturday | November 29, 2014 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:

The 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, had her bail extended when she appeared in court yesterday.

Forty-five-year-old Pauline Powell, from Evergreen in Manchester, is charged before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court for breaches of the Agricultural Produce Act and the Unlawful Possession of Property Act. Her case was set for mention on January 30, 2015.

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.

FIT FOR CONSUMPTION

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

When the case was mentioned in court yesterday, clerk of the court Natalie Malcolm told presiding magistrate Ann-Marie Granger that two documents were outstanding from the prosecution's case file.

"The file is not complete ... we need the perishable-goods form to be on the file, as well as the corroborating officer's statement," said Malcolm. "I will ask for a late January date in this matter," Malcolm added.

The court was also told that attorney-at-law Martyn Thomas, who is representing Powell, was involved in a matter at the Court of Appeal, in Hanover.

"The investigating officer is bound over to produce the form ... your bail is extended; you are to return to court on January 30," RM Granger told Powell.