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July date for lawyer accused in prostitution case

Published:Thursday | May 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas


Embattled attorney-at-law Lennox Gayle, who was arrested last April after he was accused by the police of running a prostitution business under the guise of operating a massage parlour, was given a new court date when he appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Also appearing in court yesterday were five female co-defendants who were arrested and charged alongside Gayle.

They are Kadian Grey, Nyoka Jolly, Sheline Reid, Kiwania Cole and Amanda Wallace.

The women, who were all employees in the Montego Bay-based establishment, had their bails extended to allow them time to settle their legal representation.

Additionally, a decision was taken not to issue warrants for two other co-defendants, Shavel Harriot and Shanique Fennell, who were absent from court.

Gayle, who is represented by attorneys Churchill Neita and Dwight Reece, is accused of false and misleading conduct, in relation to allegations that he was running a massage parlour in Montego Bay, where prostitution was said to be taking place.

Gayle was arrested on April 16, 2014, and was charged alongside co-defendants Grey, Harriot, Jolly, Reid, Fennell, Cole, and Wallace.

When the matter was mentioned yesterday, the court was told that the case had previously been set for mention, to give the female defendants time to settle their legal representation.

Presiding magistrate Natalie Hart-Hines said, "I am going to set another mention date to ensure these ladies have legal representation ... July 9 is set for confirmation of legal representation."