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Bail extended for woman with uninspected meat

Published:Friday | April 24, 2015 | 11:00 PM

WESTERN BUREAU:

A St James woman, who was recently arrested after she was reportedly found with several hundred pounds of meat, which she could not satisfactorily account for, had her bail extended when she appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Curlina Spencer, who was apprehended at the Charles Gordon Market, in Montego Bay, is charged with unlawful possession of property and breaches of the Public Health Act.

The allegations are that, on April 4, Spencer was seen selling 387 pounds of beef and 210 pounds of goat meat, which had not been properly inspected. She was allegedly seen using a stamp, which was not approved by the Public Health Department, to stamp the meat.

When questioned by officials of the St. James Health Department,, she could not give a proper account as to how she had acquired the meat. She was subsequently arrested and charged.

It is also understood that Spencer's arrest occurred during an operation against the sale of stolen meat in the Montego Bay market. During the operation, which featured the police and personnel from the health department, 1,680 pounds of meat was seized and subsequently destroyed. Some 12 butchers were taken into custody.

In court on Monday, Henry McCurdy, Spencer's attorney, told presiding magistrate Natalie Hart-Hines that he had not been fully served with documents from the prosecution or from the Public Health inspector.

"Based on my file, there is only one statement ...but there should be statements from the Public Health inspector. I would also need disclosure of information for the unlawful possession of property charge," said McCurdy.

In response, the prosecution indicated that the defense could be served with the necessary documentation. The matter was subsequently set for mention on June 24.