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Cuban light bulb trial postponed until 2012

Published:Wednesday | December 21, 2011 | 12:42 PM

Barbara Gayle, Staff Reporter

The Cuban light bulb corruption trial was again put off when Kern Spencer and his co-accused, Colleen Wright appeared before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate Court today.

Their bails were ended and the two ordered to return to court on January 11 next year.

Spencer and Wright are accused of benefiting improperly from the implementation of the Cuban light bulb programme.

The energy-saving bulbs were a gift to Jamaica from the Cuban Government.

The trial was put on hold after the Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn secured an order to have the matter stayed pending a ruling in the Judicial Review Court.

Llewellyn wants the court to overturn an order by Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey to be called as a witness at the lightbulb trial.

She also wants the court to quash an order for her to remain outside the courtroom while crown witness Rodney Chin testifies.

Chin was charged jointly with Spencer and Wright but the charges against him were dropped and Chin later became the prosecution’s main witness.

The review court has reserved its judgement and it is expected that a ruling will be handed down early next year.