Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
The lawyer representing accused Westmoreland attorney-at-law Dionne Meyler-Reid says his client is the victim of a malicious trap.
Meyler-Reid, a former resident magistrate (RM); Toni-Ann Turner, a law student; Radcliffe Campbell and Tedisha Blair, employees of the attorney, were arrested by members of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption (MOCA) Task Force on Monday.
Up to Wednesday morning, after two days in police lock-up, the four had not been charged by MOCA, resulting in their attorneys filing a habeas corpus application in the Western Regional Gun Court.
The judge had made an order that they be charged and brought to court by 2 pm yesterday in keeping with the Section 20 of the Bail Act, which says any person detained ought to be charged within 24 hours of his/her arrest or brought before a justice of the peace or magistrate so that the question of bail can be considered.
The four were charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.
"My instructions indicate it's a very malicious plant by someone who is determined to bring her down," says Montego Bay-based attorney Lambert Johnson.
NO KNOWLEDGE OF GUN
He says his client knows absolutely nothing about the 9mm baretta pistol and the eight rounds of ammunition that were reportedly found at her offices.
Johnson is representing three of the accused who were offered bail in the sum of $200,000 each, with one, two or three sureties.
The other lawyers on the case are Hugh Thompson and Martyn Thomas, who are representing Blair, Meyler-Reid's secretary.
The Gleaner understands that Turner, who is 19 years old, was doing a summer job at Meyler-Reid's law offices when she was arrested.
There has been no indication that the five will be charged with any involvement in lottery scamming as was reported on Tuesday.