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Bail hearing for men locked up for eight years without trial

Published:Monday | February 17, 2014 | 1:33 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Two men who have been locked up for eight years on a murder charge without facing trial, are to have their application for bail heard by a Supreme Court judge next week Friday.




Lynford Allen and Andre West have been before the Home Circuit Court since 2006.



It was expected that their trial would have started today in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston.



Attorney-at-law Diane Jobson, who is representing Allen, made the application for bail this morning.



She has previously said the justice system has failed her client.



She pointed out that Allen’s case has been set for trial 18 times but had been adjourned for various reasons.



Allen told the Supreme Court judge this morning that his case is taking too long to go on trial.



However, the judge responded that his case could not be accommodated because other cases were being dealt with.



Allen was charged jointly with several other men for the 2005 murder of financial analyst Jamie Lue.



The other men were freed last year as the Crown did not have sufficient evidence to prove its case against them.



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