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It happened this week in 1999

Published:Tuesday | May 3, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Justice Clarence Walker
Edward Seaga
Sonia Jones
Robert Pickersgill
Omar Davies

Sunday, May 2

- A small Cessna 206 aircraft owned by Jamaica Air Links, formerly Aero Express, crash-landed about 150 yards from the Negril Aerodrome, between the Couples and Grand Lido hotels on Norman Manley Boulevard. The flight was destined for the Sangster International Airport with two crew members and three passengers on a private charter from a hotel in Negril.

Monday, May 3

- Prime Minister P.J. Patterson ordered public-sector heads to bring to an end any instances of excessive salary packages enjoyed by their public officials. He gave them two weeks to report on the emoluments of all such officials. Reaction came quickly from Opposition Spokesman on Finance Audley Shaw, whose disclosures in Parliament led to the prime minister's action.

Tuesday, May 4

- Senior Puisne Judge Justice Clarence Walker was sworn in to act for the third time as a judge of the Court of Appeal. He was acting for Justice Carl Patterson, who retired last month.

Wednesday, May 5

- Opposition Leader Edward Seaga accepted a challenge from Finance Minister Omar Davies to submit their two economic models to an international panel to determine which was more suitable for Jamaica. In closing the Budget Debate, Davies responded to Seaga's own presentation with the proposal that "we submit our respective positions to a set of international experts selected by the International Monetary Fund and seek their assessment of his proposals as well as the approach which we prefer". Seaga responded: "I accept this proposal as an appropriate way to settle this issue. I attach one condition: in whatever way the findings of the panel differ from the present policies practised under the model presently operated by Government, the appropriate changes would be made forthwith."

- Attorney Sonia Jones went on trial in the St Andrew Resident Magistrate Court on charges of two counts of fraudulent conversion of US$150,000. The money, the court heard, belonged to artist Colin Garland and Lloyd Reckord. Under examination by Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewelyn, Garland testified before Resident Magistrate Marcia Hughes that in 1992, he and Reckord hired Jones to sell a property in Kingston. Jones, Garland said, sold the property for US$270,000 and he and Reckord gave Jones US$100,000 of the amount to invest. He also said he gave her an extra US$50,000 to invest.

Thursday, May 6

- Peter John Smith was sworn in as the governor of the western Caribbean British territory. The Cayman Islands, replacing John Owen, who returned to Britain. A 17-gun salute from the Royal Cayman Islands Police greeted Smith and his wife, Suzanne, upon their arrival at the airport. Smith becomes the seventh governor of the territory since it broke with Jamaica in 1962 when Jamaica opted for independence, while The Caymans elected to remain with Great Britain.

Friday, May 7

- The Government lost its legal battle before the United Kingdom Privy Council to bar the negligence suit of a woman who was shot in the head when a policeman tripped over some garbage in the Coronation Market, downtown Kingston, and his gun went off. The upshot of the Privy Council's ruling is that Jennifer Ebanks, businesswoman of Passagefort, St Catherine, the injured, will have her suit tried in the Supreme Court. Ebanks was shot in the head by Special Corporal Aggrey Crooks when she went to shop in the market on September 28, 1991. Crooks was chasing a robber when he tripped over garbage in the market, fell face down, and his gun went off.