Cash Plus trial stalled again

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Livern Bar­rett Se­nior Gleaner Writer livern.bar­rett@glean­erjm.com

A PROS­E­CU­TOR yes­ter­day re­vealed that a num­ber of wit­nesses in the fraud case against for­mer Cash Plus boss Car­los Hill can­not be lo­cated.

The ad­mis­sion came in the Home Cir­cuit Court yes­ter­day where Hill’s trial was again post­poned, eight years af­ter he was charged in con­nec­tion with the col­lapse of the in­vest­ment scheme.

Pros­e­cu­tor Leighton Mor­ris said that, with the ex­cep­tion of As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Fitz Bai­ley, in­ves­ti­ga­tors are find­ing it dif­fi­cult to lo­cate other wit­nesses and asked High Court judge, Jus­tice Sarah Thomp­son James, for sub­poe­nas that would com­pel them to come for­ward. Thomp­son James granted the re­quest. The trial was set to start yes­ter­day, but has now been pushed back to May 22 next year.

In 2012, the Of­fice of the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions in­di­cated in court that it was ready to start the trial and would be re­ly­ing on nine wit­nesses.

How­ever, pros­e­cu­tors ex­plained that the deputy di­rec­tor of pub­lic pros­e­cu­tions who is as­signed to the case was not avail­able be­cause she was en­gaged in an­other trial.

The lat­est de­lay trig­gered a warn­ing from Thomp­son James.

“It is ex­pected that the Crown will put up what it has and we see where we go from there,” she stressed.

Deb­o­rah Martin, one of the at­tor­neys rep­re­sent­ing Hill, also re­quested that the case be treated as pri­or­ity.

Hill is charged with fraud­u­lently in­duc­ing per­sons to in­vest in Cash Plus, the multi­bil­lion-dol­lar scheme that col­lapsed in 2008 af­ter five years of ex­is­tence.

CAR­LOS HILL

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