The High Court has adjourned, until September, the trial of a clerical officer accused of stealing over a million dollars belonging to the Psychiatric Hospital.
Anderson Ryan Ince of Hannays Road, St Lucy is currently on $100,000 bail on a charge that sometime between August 1, 2003 and August 1, 2005, he stole $1,118,500 which belonged to the Black Rock, St Michael mental institution and was vested with the Central Bank. He is also accused of laundering the funds.
When the case was called in the No. 2 Supreme Court Wednesday, Madam Justice Michelle Weekes explained that she had given thought to the case which the attorneys in the matter believed would take about two and a half weeks to complete.
The judge said with 55 witnesses and the schedule of her court ending in three weeks, as well as all the variables that could arise, it was doubtful the case could be completed within that time.
Weekes said that in the interest of justice it would not be fair to start the trial now, then take the break, and have to adjourn until September.
“It would not be good for the system,” the judge said.
The case was then adjourned to early September.
Attorneys Steve Gollop, Charmaine Delice-Hunte and Neil Marshall are representing the accused man who pleaded not guilty to the charges back in 2006.
Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Donna Babb-Agard is prosecuting the Crown’s case along with Crown Counsels Oliver Thomas and Olivia Davis.