Sunday 17 February, 2019

Quick start to country's first judge alone trial

Just a week since the Miscellaneous Provisions (Trial by Judge Alone) Act of 2017 was proclaimed, history was made on Wednesday, with the commencement of the first judge-alone trial in this country.

The matter was heard in the San Fernando Assizes, in the Second Criminal Court, before Justice Gillian Lucky.

The accused in the trial is Kwasi Forde, accused of murdering Gerald Bocas in 2005at the Cover Girl Restaurant & Bar in San Fernando.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Forde was represented by defence attorney Larry Williams.

The State is represented by senior attorney Trevor Jones.

After Forde reiterated his stance that he wanted a trial by judge alone – and in the absence of 12 jurors – the case went off to a quick start with evidence from seven witnesses being adduced.

The trial continued on Thursday.

More on this as it becomes available.

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