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Man charged for Petroleum breaches bemoans long wait in court

Published:Thursday | December 15, 2016 | 12:41 PM

A St Catherine man who was charged with breaches of the Petroleum Act, has bemoaned the long time it's taking to have the matter resolved in court.

Jeffery Aikens says the Old Harbour police carried out a raid at his property in Marlie Mount, St Catherine, in June last year.

He says the police seized several gallons of what he says was a diesel-like substance and arrested him on suspicion that he was illegally selling fuel.

However, Aitkens maintains that he is innocent and says he is frustrated that his case is postponed every time it is mentioned in court.

When he appeared in the St Catherine Parish Court on Tuesday, the matter was again postponed because his lawyer was absent.

The scientist from the Bureau of Standards Jamaica was unavailable.

The Old Harbour police say Aikens was arrested and charged after he was found selling diesel that he mixed with other substances and sold to motorists without the proper licence or permit.

He is to return to court on March 2 next year when the matter will again be mentioned.