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Kern walks free, lights out on Cuban bulb trial

Published:Monday | March 24, 2014 | 10:38 AM

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Kern Omar Spencer, the former legislator who for more than five years has fought corruption charges related to the Cuban light bulb programme, was released from court this morning a free man.

Spencer, the former junior energy minister who had responsibility for the implementation of the programme, and his former personal assistant Colleen Wright, were freed after Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey upheld a no-case submission made by their attorneys.

Spencer, the former north east St Elizabeth Member of Parliament who cried in Parliament when the allegations were first made public, was a picture of relief after the ruling.

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Defence attorneys K.D. Knight and Deborah Martin argued, in their submissions, that Spencer and Wright were denied a fair trial because of prosecutorial misconduct and the lengthy delays in the case and that the evidence did not support the charges.

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