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Duo on fraud charges to stand trial in April 2015

Published:Saturday | December 6, 2014 | 12:00 AM


Two St James residents who allegedly tried to obtain a land title by fraudulent means in 2010, had their case set for trial on April 30 next year when they appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Neville Bennett, of a Lilliput address, and Margaret Roane, of Westgate Hills, are jointly charged with conspiracy to defraud, committed against Ruby Salmon-Bennett.


The allegations are that on August 30, 2010, Roane forged a signature in the name of Ruby Salmon-Bennett to obtain a land title for a property in Lilliput on behalf of her co-defendant Neville Bennett. Additionally, on September 2, 2010, Neville Bennett allegedly attempted to acquire the title with a letter bearing the forged signature.

On Monday, attorney-at-law Dionne Maylor, who is watching proceedings on behalf of the complainant Salmon-Bennett, told presiding magistrate Natalie Hart-Hines that efforts to settle the case through mediation were unsuccessful.

"The matter went to mediation, and it was not successful ... the complainant said that based on what had transpired, she does not think Bennett has an interest in settling the matter," Maylor said.

The court was also told that the investigating officer had left the Jamaica Constabulary Force, and that certain documents had to be re-analysed.

The case was subsequently set for trial on April 30, 2015, and Bennett and Roane had their bail extended.

- C.T.