Lawyer in prostitution allegations gets his bail extended
Embattled attorney Lennox Gayle, who was arrested following allegations that he was benefiting from the earnings of prostitutes, had his bail extended until September 26, when he appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.
Gayle, who is represented by attorneys Churchill Neita and Dwight Reece, and who is accused of false and misleading conduct, was given the new court date after the court was told that the prosecution's case file was incomplete.
It is alleged that Gayle was running a massage parlour in Montego Bay, where prostitution was said to be taking place. He was arrested on April 16 and has been charged alongside co-defendants Kadian Grey, Shavel Harriot, Nyoka Jolly, Sheline Reid, Shanique Fennell, Kiwania Cole, and Amanda Wallace.
"The file is far from complete. I spoke to a constable who advised me that they anticipate that in a month's time, the file would be complete," Clerk of the Court Natalie Malcolm told presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie, further explaining that a number of officers' statements were outstanding.
Neita told the court that the legal representations for Gayle's co-defendants were incomplete.
"There are a number of counsels who are not here. What I am going to suggest is that when we set the mention date, by then, the representations would be completed," said Neita.
"Mention on September 26. The investigating officer is bound over to be here to ensure that the matter is in a state of readiness," said Tie before extending the defendants' bail to the new court date.
- C. T.