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Attorney Patrick Bailey's fraud trial stalled

Published:Wednesday | April 12, 2017 | 12:15 PM

The fraud trial of prominent attorney Patrick Bailey failed to get underway this morning after his attorneys surprised prosecutors with an application for a judge to refuse the order for indictment.

Bailey was scheduled to stand trial in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on charges of forgery and conspiracy to defraud arising from the sale of a 22-acre property located in St Catherine.

According to prosecutors, the property was sold without the authorisation of the owners.

The owners are also claiming that they did not sign the sale agreement for the transaction.

The charge of forgery was later withdrawn as prosecutors indicated that the parish court does not have jurisdiction to handle that offence.

Prosecutors, however, requested an order of indictment to have Bailey stand trial for conspiracy to defraud.

However, Bailey's lead attorney, Garth McBean, took issue with the request, arguing that the indictment was bad in law.

Prosecutors requested time to respond to the application and Senior Parish Judge Tara Carr, who is presiding over the case, has indicated that she will give her decision on April 21.