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Former Lucea Mayor freed of misconduct charges

Thursday, May 16, 2019

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LUCEA, Hanover — Former embattled Mayor of Lucea Shernet Haughton has been freed of charges brought against her in relation to misconduct in a public office and breaches of the public sector procurement regulations of 2008, when she appeared in the Hanover Parish Court on Tuesday.

The charges stemmed from a report by the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) that was submitted to Parliament in March 2015.

In the report, Haughton was accused of nepotism and criminal offences in the Hanover Parish Council's (now Hanover Municipal Corporation) award of 22 contracts, with a cumulative value of $3.7 million, to her relatives and affiliates.

Haughton's attorney, Delford Morgan, said his client was freed on a no case submission presented by the defence to the court, who argued that the Crown did not make out a prima facie case against her.

Morgan said the evidence presented at trial by the Crown was insufficient “to ground the charges against her”.

A committal hearing in the case began in May 2016 in the Hanover Parish Court where Haughton pleaded not guilty.

The case later went on trial in the same court on the October 23, 2018, and following the trial lasting six days over the seven-month period, Haughton was freed.

Anthony Lewis


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