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Published: Tuesday | December 3, 2013 Comments 0

Trial for Coudray-Greaves murder pushed back

Ivan Taylor, the man charged with the killing of Trinidadian schoolteacher Michelle Coudray-Greaves, has had his case deferred from yesterday until this Friday, on account of the absence of his lawyer.

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, was remanded following his appearance in court yesterday. His case was set for mention in order to settle his legal representation.

When Taylor showed up in court yesterday, his lawyer Stacy-Ann Young, was absent. The court was told that she had medical issues which were preventing her from attending court at this time.

In setting the case for mention on December 6, Justice Pusey recommended that action be taken to secure Taylor's legal representation before trial.

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, and her burnt remains were found in a cane-field near Montego Bay on June 11. At the time of her disappearance, Coudray-Greaves was a Spanish teacher at Cornwall College in Montego Bay.

JUTA sued for non-payment on bus contract

A Jamaican living overseas is suing the Jamaica Union of Travellers Association (JUTA) Kingston Chapter over the non-payment of more than half a million dollars for a contract.

JUTA member, Robert Clayton, has brought legal action to recover approximately $583,000.

Clayton says his bus had been operating on a contract up to recently, to transport staff from Spanish Town, St Catherine, to the University of the West Indies.

He says he last received a payment in August.

Clayton says he last tried to communicate with JUTA last week, but without any success.

Contacted about the matter, acting president of JUTA, Alvin Brown, said Clayton is not the only member who the company owes and the business is going through a challenging period.

He could not say how soon the aggrieved man would get his money, but said the figure was being verified as there was a discrepancy with the amount that Clayton said JUTA owed.

Thieves break into Christiana tax office

Services at the Christiana Tax Office were suspended yesterday following an attempted break in. But if the culprits expected to find cash, there they were in for a big disappointment.

Communications director at the Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ), Meris Haughton, said as a matter of policy, money is not kept at offices overnight.

The TAJ later in the afternoon gave the all clear for the resumption of operations after checks by the police determined that no entry was gained to the office.

JTA, Ministry agree to delay $1b payment to teachers

The Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) says it has agreed with the education ministry to push back by another four months, the payment of approximately $1 billion owed to public-sector teachers since 2006.

The JTA had served notice that it wanted a schedule of payment before its General Council meeting last Saturday.

JTA president, Dr Mark Nicely, told The Gleaner-Power 106 News Centre that the union did get a schedule of payment. However, it was disappointed that a required audit is yet to start.

The audit was expected to take place before the Finance Ministry returns funds to the Education Ministry in order for teachers to get their outstanding payments.

Nicely says the private auditors are to be contracted to carry out the audits as the Finance Ministry does not have the required number of personnel.

The JTA has argued that payments teachers received in July this year were not correct as there were miscalculations which resulted in teachers receiving less than the amount that was due.



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