Court mix up for first man charged under lottery scamming law
Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
A bail application could not be made yesterday for the first Jamaican to be charged under the Lottery Scam legislation because he appeared in the wrong court.
Twenty one-year-old computer technician Mason Wilson, of Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, was taken before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.
However it was revealed that the RM court does not have the jurisdiction to deal with such cases.
Attorney-at-law Peter Champagnie, who is representing Wilson, argued that the case is one that has to be sent to the Home Circuit Court.
The prosecutor then asked for the case to be put off to another date when a decision will be taken in the matter.
The court was also told that the prosecution was awaiting phone records and other material.
Wilson, who is charged under the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provisions) Act, was remanded by Resident Magistrate Lorna Shelly-Williams to return to court on October 3.
It is being alleged that Wilson defrauded money from persons living overseas under the pretext that they had won the lottery.
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