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Published:Friday | June 27, 2014 | 12:00 AM

 

July 9 date for Dean Moriah murder case

WESTERN BUREAU:

Brandon Case, the man accused of the 2013 murder of tourism worker Dean Moriah, will have his case mentioned on July 9, when a date is expected to be set for his preliminary hearing to begin.

Resident Magistrate Wilson Smith gave Case the new court date when he appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday. Case's attorney, Martyn Thomas, was absent from the proceedings. Case was subsequently remanded.

Moriah, who had worked in the tourism industry for approximately 20 years, died on August 29, 2013, as a result of stab wounds he sustained to his neck and chest. His house was also set on fire.

Before dying, Moriah had reportedly named his attacker, and subsequent investigations led to Case's arrest on September 16, 2013, after he was allegedly found with the victim's motor vehicle in Oracabessa, St Mary.

Muslim leader reacts to hate messages

David Muhammad, Trinidad and Eastern Caribbean representative of the Honourable Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, has responded to online hate messages from persons claiming to be Jamaicans that have been directed at Muslims, following reports that the 19th anniversary of the Million Man March is set to be held in the island later this year.

Muhammad said he would not be distracted as he believed the messages of hate posted online through social media represent only a small number of Jamaicans.

"I am of the view that those opinions do not necessarily represent the majority, but the concerns of some who need to know more about the Nation of Islam in order to make an informed judgment," he said.

Minimum Business Tax still due - TAJ

Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) yesterday said the withdrawal of the resolution to confirm the Minimum Business Tax Order will not impact the implementation of the new tax.

The Government on Wednesday withdrew a resolution in Parliament but gave no reason for the decision.

Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips had tabled the resolution two weeks ago, but Natalie Neita-Headley, deputy leader of government business, sought and received the House's permission to withdraw the document.

Yesterday, the TAJ said that following consultations with key stakeholders, further modifications have been considered since the original resolution was tabled.

"As a result, a new resolution is to be tabled with the modifications," TAJ said, while adding that the order of April 1, 2014, remains in effect.

"Companies and individuals in business are, therefore, advised that the first payment of $30,000 for the new Minimum Business Tax (MBT) was due and payable on June 15. Outstanding payments are still to be made at any tax office, using a payment advice," TAJ said.

With its implementation in April, persons operating a business are required to pay the MBT of $60,000 for the year, due in two instalments - on June 15 and September 15.

Student found with gun offered bail

A 14-year-old Jamaica College student, who was allegedly held with a gun at the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre, has been offered $250,000 bail with one or two sureties.

The bail was granted by Senior Puisne Judge Gloria Smith, following an application by attorney-at-law Hensley Williams.

Allegations are that last Friday, the teenager was at the transport centre when he was seen with a bag by the police. He was searched and a gun was found inside the bag.

He was arrested and later charged with illegal possession of a firearm.

The student is scheduled to reappear in court on August 13.

Cop freed in death of colleague

The jury at the coroner's inquest for Constable Floyd Barrett has found that no one is criminally responsible for the policeman's death.

The jury retired yesterday and unanimously voted that the death was accidental.

Constable Courtney Robinson was brought before the Coroner's Court in relation to the December 13, 2010 incident.

The police had reported that they had received a report that an armed man was inside a house at Lady Musgrave Road.

Robinson was a part of the police team which responded to the call.

Barrett was shot dead inside the house.

Robinson, who was represented by attorney-at-law Peter Champagnie, testified yesterday at the inquest that he did not know his colleague was inside the house and that the shooting was an accident.