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Gov't to pay man wrongfully arrested at airport in 2009

Published:Friday | June 12, 2015 | 6:57 PM

A man who was arrested on board a plane at the Sangster International Airport in St. James is to have damages assessed against the government for wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.

Anthony Lynch was on his way to Canada when he was taken off the flight by the police for suspicion of murder.

The incident happened on November 6, 2009.

The Attorney General, who is the respondent in the matter, did not comply with certain requests from the claimant’s lawyers.

Among other things, the attorneys had asked the Director of State Proceedings to disclose the names of the policemen who arrested their client.

On December 8, 2011 he filed a notice for judgment in default of the defence.

A hearing took place and master in chambers, Audrey Lindo, did not grant the application.

An appeal was filed and the Court of Appeal ruled today that judgment should be entered against the respondent and the matter should proceed to assessment of damages.