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Hearing of election petition against JLP councillor to continue October

Published:Monday | July 10, 2017 | 11:42 AM

A court case to settle the representation for the Yallahs Division in the St Thomas Municipal Corporation will remain unresolved for at least a year after the elections.

Attorney-at-law Bert Samuels says the case his client Constantine Bogle brought against the Jamaica Labour Party's Dean Jones is set to continue on October 12. 

The matter started last week, but Samuels says the judge has other matters to complete before the current court term ends in two weeks for the summer holiday.

The PNP's Bogle filed the petition last year following the November local government elections.

Bogle is contending that, at the time of the local government election, Jones was a public servant and did not reside in the division, in contravention of the law.

During the hearing last week an accountant at the state agency Court Management Services (CMS) testified that Jones was paid his full salary for November and the first week of December last year.

Fay Skervin Thomas said CMS records show that Jones, who was employed as a judge's orderly assigned to the Coroner's Court, was paid his fortnightly salary for November and the first week of December.

Administrator at the Coroner's Court, Janet Morgan Rogers also testified that Jones handed her his resignation letter on December 12 last year.

However, according to Morgan Rogers, the letter was dated October 25th.