Lawyer backs out of representation in robbery case
Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:The attorney representing Dimitri Ffrench, the man who reportedly broke into a hotel room at the Secrets Resort in Montego Bay and stole a number of items in June, has indicated that he will no longer be representing the defendant.
Attorney-at-law Martyn Thomas informed Resident Magistrate Natalie Hart-Hines that he would no longer be acting as the lawyer for the 26-year-old Ffrench, who is of a Molynes Road address in Kingston, when the case was mentioned in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.
The lawyer explained that this was because the defendant had not settled his legal representation.
"I am going to ask for my name to be removed (from the court's record for Ffrench). I have been in this matter for sometime, and Mr Ffrench has not put me in a position to represent him," said Thomas.
The court was also told that documents were outstanding from the prosecution's case file.
"There is a statement outstanding ... the officer indicates that statements are being recorded and they should be in by the end of this week. I am going to ask for a month (to complete the file)," said clerk of the court Natalie Malcolm.
The case was subsequently set for mention on November 20.
It is alleged that sometime in June this year, Ffrench went to Secrets Resort in Montego Bay and broke into a guest's hotel room, where he stole two iPhones, two iPods, €1,000 (J$152,653), US$500 (J$56,085.31), and items of jewellery.