Jermaine Francis, Staff Reporter
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn says the criminal proceedings against the Mayor of May Pen Scean Barnswell is now a matter for the police to deal with.
She told The Gleaner yesterday that she had sent a letter detailing her findings to Police Commissioner Owen Ellington for him to proceed with a criminal investigation into the mayor's alleged breach of the Contractor General Act.
"I sent an express letter to the commissioner asking him to use his full office to assign police officers to collect the relevant statements and other documentation, and once that is done and the case file is ready, … (I will) initiate prosecution against Mr Barnswell," Llewellyn said.
In a 21-page page report released on Thursday, Llewellyn argued: "In all the circumstance, there is clear evidentiary material to institute criminal proceedings against Mr Scean Barnswell for attempting to mislead the contractor general, contrary to Section 29 of the Contractor General Act."
She said if found guilty, the mayor would be required to pay a fine of not more that $5,000.
Meanwhile, Mayor Barnswell said he has no intention to resign just yet, and he is awaiting the full investigation into the matter.
Barnswell was brought before the contractor general on April 29, 2013, under Section 18 of the Contractor General Act, as part of the investigations into former Junior Minister Richard Azan's part in constructing 10 shops in the Spaldings Market without the parish council's approval.
Azan, who resigned as junior minister last week, was exonerated of any criminal intent by the DPP on Thursday.