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Hung jury in human trafficking case for Kingston couple, daughter freed

Published:Thursday | April 30, 2015 | 6:31 PMBarbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

A retrial has been ordered for Kingston businesswoman, Hermalinda Parker, and her husband, Anthony, who are accused of human trafficking.

However, Parker's daughter, Lynn Scantlebury, has been freed.

Justice Jennifer Straw made the order in the Home Circuit Court today after the seven-member jury returned a divided verdict for the couple.

However, the not guilty verdict for Scantlebury was unanimous.

After seven weeks of trial, the jury deliberated for more than five hours before returning a split decision for the couple.

The couple was ordered remanded and is to return to court on May 6 when a bail application will be heard.

It is being alleged that young girls were recruited from abroad and forced to work at a nightclub operated by the businesswoman.

Mrs Parker is the former owner of the Latin Movement Nightclub at the Dunrobin Plaza in St Andrew.