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Murder trial of man accused of killing former JUTC chairman pushed back

Published:Tuesday | February 23, 2016 | 2:16 PM

There are more delays in the trial of Andre Bryan, the man accused of the murder of former chairman of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), Douglas Chambers.

The trial was set to begin in the Home Circuit Court yesterday but could not proceed as two witnesses in the case, who are in protective custody, were not taken to court.

As a result, the trial was pushed back to July 4.

Bryan has been in custody since 2008.

His attorney Valerie Neita Robertson says she will be making a bail application ahead of the trial in March.

Allegations are that on the afternoon of August 27, 2008, Chambers was at the JUTC depot in Spanish Town, St Catherine when someone called him to the gate.

It is further alleged that while he was at the gate, Bryan and three other men shot him dead.

Bryan was arrested and later pointed out during an identification parade.

He was subsequently charged.

The Crown has alleged that Chambers was killed because of a restructuring and redundancy exercise he was carrying out at the bus company at the time.