Ray John slapped with another count of larceny as committal hearing adjourned again

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By Latrishka Thomas

Alleged passport forgery ringleader, suspended Assistant Superintendent of Police Ray John and his co-accused, his mother Yvonne Nickie and his partner Shakeema Charles, appeared before Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh again yesterday for their committal hearing, only for it to be adjourned yet again.

To date, the committal hearing for the trio has been put off no less than five times.

Yesterday, the three, who are accused of conspiracy to commit fraud and larceny, made their way into the St. John’s Magistrates’ Court expecting to hear whether their case will be passed up to the High Court. Instead, their case was adjourned until September 25th to allow the defense to respond to a submission from the prosecution which they said was only received last Thursday.

Chief Magistrate Walsh allowed the defense the 14 days they requested to compile a submission and then added an additional 14 days to allow for the prosecution to make what should be a final reply.

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