The case brought by the Ministry of Education against two Rastafarian parents has been dismissed.
Ijui Jah and his partner Isartes Ibre were initially found guilty of breaching Section 41 Clause (b) of the Education Act, Chapter 41 on the grounds that there is absolutely no record of the children — a boy and a girl both under the age of 12 — ever attending formal classes.
The matter was thrown out by District ‘A’ Magistrate Douglas Frederick today after the prosecutor tried to amend the charge. Frederick argued that such action would have been prejudicial.
However, the parents still have one more legal hurdle to overcome.
The court is yet to decide whether it will hear an application made by the Child Care Board for the children to be made wards of the court.
That matter comes up for hearing on December 13.