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May Pen mayor charged for breaching the Contractor General Act

Published:Friday | October 4, 2013 | 9:43 AM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Mayor of May Pen Scean Barnswell has been charged for breaching the Contractor General Act.

A summons was served on him on Wednesday to appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court next Tuesday.

The Director of Public Prosecutions had ruled that Barnswell be charged following for his involvement in the Spaldings Market affair on the recommendation of the Office of the Contractor General.

In a report last month, the DPP Paula Llewellyn stated that there is clear evidentiary material to institute criminal proceedings against Barnswell for attempting to mislead the contractor general, contrary to Section 29 of the Contractor General Act.

If found guilty, the mayor would be required to pay a fine of not more than $5,000.

Barnswell was brought before the Contractor General as part of the investigations into former Junior Minister Richard Azan's part in constructing 10 shops in the Spaldings Market without the parish council's approval.

Azan, who resigned as junior minister last month, was exonerated of any criminal intent by the DPP.


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