The case involving Ivan Taylor, the man charged with last year's murder of Trinidadian schoolteacher Michelle Coudray-Greaves, hit a snag in the St James Circuit Court yesterday because of the illness of his attorney, Stacy-Ann Young.
Taylor, who was reportedly the last person to see Coudray-Greaves alive before her burnt remains were found in a cane field near Montego Bay on June 11, 2012, had his case set for mention on December 2, and was remanded, as he had not taken up his bail offer of $200,000.
"Ms Young sent a letter indicating that due to a scheduled medical procedure, she would be unable to proceed for today's date," lead prosecutor Loxley Ricketts told presiding Justice Lloyd Hibbert. "Through legal aid, attempts were made to assign another lawyer, Mr Trevor Ho Lyn, ... but the certificate has not been received to indicate that he is properly in the matter."
Ho Lyn confirmed in court that he would be willing to assist in the case. Hibbert told Taylor the bail offer remained.
Coudray-Greaves, who was the daughter of Trinidad and Tobago's Gender Affairs Minister Marlene Coudray, went missing on June 1, 2012, two days after returning to Jamaica from vacation in Trinidad. At the time of her disappearance, Coudray-Greaves was a Spanish teacher at Cornwall College in Montego Bay.