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Judge to determine next move in murder trial after lawyer leaves island half way through case

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2015 | 12:11 AM

High Court judge Gloria Smith will today determine the next move in a five-week-old murder trial following the failure of a defense lawyer to turn up in court half way through the matter. 

Justice Smith was left in shock on Monday when a lawyer informed the court that defence attorney Donald Bryan, had left Jamaica on the weekend to attend to an emergency overseas.

The lawyer did not give details of the emergency neither did he make provisions for his client to be represented until he returns to Jamaica next week. 

Justice Smith told the 12-member jury that she could not continue the trial without Bryan because she had to uphold the constitutional rights of the accused man. 

She pointed out that the accused must be given the opportunity to be represented by the counsel of his choice.

Bryan has been representing 22-year-old Arthur Robinson, who is jointly charged with the murder of Florist Clarke.

Bertram Clarke, the husband of deceased is the other accused.

Clarke was killed in Watt Town, St Ann in October 2007. 

The Crown is alleging that her husband plotted with two boys from the Brown's Town High School in St Ann to carry out the murder.  

Robinson was a student at the school at the time of the murder.

The other boy who pleaded guilty is now serving a 15-year sentence.