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Magistrate to rule on Friday whether to throw out money laundering case against attorney

Published:Wednesday | September 10, 2014 | 2:31 PM

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey is to rule on Friday whether she will dismiss the multi-million dollar money-laundering case against attorney-at-law, Dawn Satterswaite, and her four co-accused.

Pusey today reserved her decision after defence attorneys asked her to either dismiss the charges or adjourn the case sine die meaning, to set no date for another hearing.

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.

This morning, lawyers for the Kingston attorney and her four co-accused blasted prosecutors over perceived delays in the case.

Attorney-at-law Ian Wilkinson, who represents Ramsay and Higgins, told the court that it has been nine 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.

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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