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Murder accused to get attorney before September 17

Published:Saturday | August 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM

WESTERN BUREAU:

The St James man who is accused of the 2012 murder of Norwood resident Rayi Richardson has been given until September 17 to settle his legal representation, following his appearance in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Jerome McLeod of a Norwood address is charged with murder, conspiracy to murder, shooting with intent, and illegal possession of firearm, arising from Richardson's shooting death in the community on September 10, 2012.

When McLeod appeared in court on Monday, it was disclosed that he was without the services of a lawyer, as attorney-at-law Kenneth McLeod, who was previously representing the accused, was no longer appearing on his behalf.

The court was also told that the witnesses in the case against McLeod have not been attending court.

"The prosecution is having difficulty getting the witnesses to court. I will ask for one last date (in the matter)," said clerk of the court, Natalie Malcolm.

Resident Magistrate Carolyn Tai subsequently instructed McLeod to attend the legal-aid office and get himself a new lawyer. His bail was extended.

- Christopher Thomas

  • Accused: I trafficked ganja to start chicken business

WESTERN BUREAU:

A St James man who recently attempted to smuggle ganja, allegedly to get money to start a chicken business, was remanded until September 8 after he pleaded guilty in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Thirty-four-year-old Dane Moody pleaded guilty to possession of, dealing in, and attempting to export 7.25lbs of ganja, although the allegations pertaining to his arrest were not outlined.

"Why did you do this, sir?" presiding magistrate Carolyn Tai asked Moody when he appeared in court.

"I am the breadwinner of my family, and I have to sacrifice toward my family," said Moody.

"How much money were you going to get for this (ganja)?" Tai inquired.

"J$120,000," Moody replied.

"And after that J$120,000 was finished, what was the plan?" the magistrate asked.

"I was going to use that money to buy some chicken and 'turn over' a little business," Moody explained.

"You know what you were doing was wrong. There is always another way," Tai scolded Moody, before making an order for the defendant's records to be brought and a social enquiry report to be prepared for his sentencing on September 8.

- Christopher Thomas