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MoBay trio accused of money laundering gets new court date

Published:Monday | December 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer


Three St James men who were arrested and charged with money laundering following an operation by the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA), last year received new trial dates for 2015 when they appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Robert Dunbar, a building contractor of Hatfield Meadows in Montego Bay; Delroy Gayle, of Bogue Village; and businessman Louis Smith, of Porto Bello, will undergo trial from June 8 to 12, and July 6 to 10, next year. The men were given the trial dates after presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie canvassed potential dates with the men's attorneys.

Dunbar is being represented by attorney-at-law Oswest Senior-Smith; Gayle, by attorney-at-law Martyn Thomas; and Smith, by attorney-at-law Hugh Wildman.

The prosecution is expected to call 10 witnesses during the trial proceedings.

Dunbar, Gayle and Smith were taken into custody on August 30, 2013, following a raid of their Montego Bay premises by personnel from MOCA, in collaboration with the Financial Investigations Division.

They were formally charged on Sunday, September 1.

It is alleged that a key prosecution witness, who is said to be serving a sentence in the United States on drug-related charges, had given a statement to the authorities, pinpointing the three defendants as participants in an international drug syndicate.