UPDATE: Cash Plus case again pushed back, rescheduled to 2017
The fraud trial of former Cash Plus boss Carlos Hill has again been pushed back, eight years after he was arrested and charged in connection with the collapse of the alternative investment scheme.
The trial was set to start today in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston, but has now been rescheduled for May 22 next year.
In 2012 the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions indicated in court that it was ready to start the trial and would be relying on nine witnesses.
However, prosecutors explained this morning that the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions who is assigned to the case was not available because she was engaged in another trial.
The prosecutors also told the court that they were having difficulties locating witnesses and requested subpoenas to compel them to attend court.
The subpoenas were granted.
The latest delay triggered a warning from High Court judge Sarah Thompson James.
"It is expected that the Crown will put up what it has and we see where we go from there," Thompson James said.
Attorney-at-law Deborah Martin, who is representing Hill, also requested that the case be set for priority.
Thompson James agreed to the request.
Hill is charged with fraudulently inducing persons to invest in Cash Plus, the five-year-old multibillion-dollar scheme that collapsed in 2008.