Lawyers want attorney's money laundering case thrown out
Lawyers for Kingston attorney Dawn Satterswaite and her four co-accused this morning blasted prosecutors over perceived delays in her multimillion-dollar money laundering case and have asked a magistrate to dismiss the charges.
Satterswaite along with Ann-Marie Cleary, Janet Ramsey and Paulette Higgins were arrested and charged last December with money laundering based on allegations that they were linked to properties acquired by convicted drug dealer Andrew Hamilton.
Another accused, Andre Hamilton, was arrested and charged earlier this year.
However, attorney-at-law Ian Wilkinson, who represents Ramsay and Higgins, told the court that it has been 9 months since they were arrested and charged and to date prosecutors are not in a position to proceed with the case.
Attorney-at-law Jacqueline Samuels-Brown, who represents Satterswaite, asserted that there are gaps in the case and asked that the case be adjourned indefinitely.
However, while agreeing that there should be a trial in a reasonable time, prosecuting attorney Caroline Hay opposed the application.
Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey who is hearing the application from defence attorneys will give her ruling shortly.
Hamilton, a former postal employee and a former policeman, has pleaded guilty in the US state of California to drugs, money laundering and firearm-related charges.
He has been sentenced to four years in prison.
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