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Moravian ministers to be tried in Manchester

Published:Monday | June 5, 2017 | 12:18 PM
In this February 1 file photo former Moravian president Dr Paul Gardner (right) and his former deputy Jermaine Gibson leaving court.

Judge Lorna Shelly Williams has ruled that Moravian ministers Reverend Paul Gardner and Reverend Jermaine Gibson, who have been implicated in a series of sex scandals involving a minor, are to be tried in Manchester.

The Prosecution had requested that the case be moved to Kingston.

The two pastors appeared with their lawyers in the Manchester Parish Court last week where arguments were presented to Williams. 

Williams requested a few days to conduct her deliberations and arrive at a decision. 

She handed down her decision in court this morning.

The two pastors are charged with carnal abuse and indecent assault arising from a series of incidents dating back to 2002, involving a girl who was below the age of consent at the time.

Both pastors allegedly had sex with the girl.