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No further adjournment to be granted in HIV/AIDS activist murder case

Published:Monday | April 28, 2014 | 5:11 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Senior Puisne Judge Gloria Smith says no further adjournment will be granted in the case of the three men and a woman charged with the 2005 murder of HIV/AIDS activist Lenford 'Steve' Harvey.

The case against Dwayne Owen, Andrew West, Ryan Wilson and Chevaughn Gibson was called up in the Home Circuit Court today.

However, the matter could not proceed as several outstanding documents have not yet been served on the defence.

Defence lawyers have been complaining over the years that the prosecution has been tardy in handing over relevant documents in the case.

Today the judge said the case has been before the court for too long and ordered the Director of Public Prosecutions to make full disclosure to the defence by Friday.

A trial date was then set for May 19 and the judge warned she would not grant any further adjournments.

Owen, West, and Wilson were remanded while Gibson had her bail extended.

Harvey was abducted from his home by gunmen who robbed him of several items, including his debit card, and then shot him.

Harvey's body was found on November 30, 2005.

Following investigation, the four accused were arrested and later charged with murder in the course of furtherance of robbery.


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