Former commissioner's illness delays senior cop's trial
The attorney for Senior Superintendent of Police James Forbes has complained that his client's life and career have "suffered tremendously" since he was arrested on corruption charges.
"So even when the case is dismissed, your life can't go back to being the same … . Your reputation is damaged," Forbes' attorney, Jacqueline Samuels-Brown, asserted.
The concerns came as the corruption trial of Forbes and businessman Bruce Bicknell was again delayed yesterday.
The case was adjourned early after prosecutors told the presiding magistrate, Grace Henry-McKenzie, that one of their two remaining witnesses, former Police Commissioner Lucious Thomas "continues to be unwell and needs more time to recover".
Before the adjournment, Henry-McKenzie allowed an application by defence attorney Peter Champagnie for a temporary removal of the travel restrictions on Bicknell.
Man charged after shooting wife, killing pedestrian
Sixty-nine-year-old Eugene Rhodes of Mandeville, Manchester, is facing multiple charges stemming from an incident at his home last Friday, in which he allegedly shot and injured his estranged wife and killed a pedestrian as he fled in his motor car.
The Constabulary Communication Network (CCN) said reports from the Mandeville Police were that about 4 a.m., Rhodes attacked and shot his wife.
"The police were alerted and he reportedly attempted to escape in his Toyota Altis motor car, at which time, 72-year-old Herbert Samuels of the same community, who was walking along the roadway, was allegedly hit," said the CCN.
Samuels died at hospital on Saturday.
Rhodes is scheduled to appear in the Mandeville Resident Magistrate's Court to answer to charges of shooting with intent and illegal possession of firearm and ammunition today.
Give agricultural research a boost - Kerr-Jarrett
Prominent Montego Bay real-estate developer and businessman Mark Kerr-Jarrett is calling for the Government to inject more funding into agricultural research and development as a way of boosting the industry and growing the economy.
Kerr-Jarrett, who is a major player in the agricultural sector and an advocate for advanced farming practices for several years, was speaking at the just-concluded 2013 Montego Bay Trade Expo, which focused on creating opportunities in agriculture with special emphasis on agro parks and agro practices.
"Our governments must be committed to changing how agriculture is looked at," said Kerr-Jarrett during his presentation.
"Agriculture can no longer be seen as an informal welfare programme to employ the masses. It must get the attention financially and intellectually to move it forward."