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Missing dental records delay murder case

Published:Tuesday | February 26, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Coudray-Greaves

Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

The case involving the murder of Trinidadian schoolteacher Michelle Coudray-Greaves was hit with another delay yesterday when the prosecution asked the presiding judge for more time.

"We are asking for more time, Your Honour," clerk of the court Orett Brown told presiding Resident Magistrate Sheron Barnes, without explaining the reason for the request for time.

The case, which is before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court, has had numerous setbacks in the past, primarily due to the absence of dental records required to prosecute the case.

Accused remanded

As a result of the latest delay, Ivan Taylor, the man who was charged with murder arising from the incident in which the burnt remains of the Trinidadian were found in a Montego Bay cane field, was remanded in custody.

Taylor, who has been in custody since June 30, 2012, is scheduled to reappear on April 30 when the case is slated to continue.

"The same bail (of $200,000) is offered to you, Mr Taylor," RM Barnes advised Taylor as he was led from the courtroom.

Taylor, a 45-year-old taxi operator of Whithorn district in Westmoreland, who operated as an on-call driver for the Trinidadian, was reportedly one of the last persons to see her before her disappearance on June 1, 2012.

In addition to the delays caused by the outstanding dental records, the case has been plagued by controversy, including complaints by the defence that Taylor's rights were being breached by police officers, who had reportedly questioned him repeatedly outside of the presence of his lawyer.

When the case was last mentioned on February 12, Resident Magistrate Sandria Wong-Small ordered the prosecution to approach the director of public prosecutions for help to get the dental records from the orthodontics expert in charge of the matter.