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Published:Friday | September 27, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Tufton backs Shaw in JLP leadership challenge

After dodging the issue for weeks, Dr Christopher Tufton has confirmed that he is supporting Audley Shaw's candidacy for leadership of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).

Tufton made the announcement at a rally in Junction, St Elizabeth, last night.

The politician, who left the JLP for the National Democratic Movement and returned to the JLP with Bruce Golding, sought to scotch suggestions that he had designs on the leadership of the party.

"Some people say I am backing Audley because of some secret agreement we have for him to win and then hand leadership to me after. I smile when I hear this because I know that neither Audley nor I are living in a fool's paradise," he said.

Bus driver in deadly crash returns to court

Omar Bennett, one of the drivers involved in the crash that killed four students from Holmwood Technical High School, is to return to the Christiana Resident Magistrate's Court today on four counts of manslaughter.

Bennett, who the police believe is responsible for the crash, was charged yesterday and taken before the court. He was remanded.

The driver of the other minibus involved in the crash remains in hospital under police guard.

The crash occurred along the Chudleigh main road on Wednesday.

Reports are that the driver of a minibus overtook several vehicles and was attempting to get back in line when the vehicle collided with an oncoming truck and another bus.

Three students were killed in the collision while the fourth succumbed to injuries after being airlifted to Kingston for medical treatment.

The dead students are grade-eight students Okeen Gordon, Kimona Levy, and Tamika Peart, as well as grade-10 student Shakeria Muschette, who was a member of the national Under-16 netball team.

Classes at Holmwood Technical were suspended for a second day yesterday as the school continued to mourn.

Hardley Lewin arrested, charged following accident

Former Police Commissioner Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin, who also served as chief of staff of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), has been charged with failing to allow himself to be breathalysed by the police, following motor-vehicle accident in the Red Hills area of St Andrew.

"Yes, he was charged and went before the court today (yesterday)," a spokesperson at the Constabulary Communication Network told The Gleaner yesterday.

The Gleaner understands Lewin was arrested by a police corporal attached to the Red Hills Police Station following the accident, which occurred about a week ago.

Lewin was chief of staff of the JDF from May 2002 to October 2007, and commissioner of police from December 2007 to November 2009.

CPJ faces charges of fraudulently importing beef

Caribbean Producers Jamaica Limited (CPJ) and two of its directors were brought before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday on allegations of fraudulently importing beef into the island.

Charged with various counts of obtaining goods by forged documents, uttering forged documents and forgery are Thomas Tyler, Mark Hart, and Caribbean Producers Jamaica Limited.

Caribbean Producers is being represented by attorney-at-law Peter Champagnie, while Tyler and Hart are being represented by attorney-at-law Deborah Martin.

The Crown is alleging that the company had initially indicated that it was importing beef tenderloin, but it was later discovered that another kind of beef was imported instead.