The magistrate who was due to hear the case against a local businessman charged with selling fake Puma products has recused herself, forcing a postponement of the hearing.
Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant excused herself from the case against Leroy Fitzgerald Brathwaite, of 1st Avenue, Gooding Road, Station Hill, St Michael, because of possible lack of impartiality.
Brathwaite is charged with presenting for sale as Puma products on May 29, 11 pairs of slippers and 13 t-shirts, as well as exposing the goods for sale on the same day, intending to benefit from their sale, and exposing the items for sale without the consent of the owner of the Puma trademark.
The businessman has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
With Cuffy-Sargeant recusing herself, the case will now be heard before Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch on October 1, where lawyers from both sides will make fresh submissions.
The 53-year-old Brathwaite remains on $1,000 bail.