ATL prosecutors get morale boosting amendment

Thursday, July 04, 2013

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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Senior Resident Magistrate Lorna Shelly-Williams today granted the prosecution in the Appliance Traders Ltd (ATL) fraud trial the amendment it sought to the indictment under which three former ATL have been charged.

The ruling by the magistrate resulted in an early adjournment of the matter to allow the defence to decide whether to further cross-examine at least two prosecution witnesses who had been previously called.

The defence contended Wednesday that the change to the indictment had altered the complexion of the case.

The magistrate stuck to points of law in granting the amendment to the four counts out of 16, which the prosecution said only sought to clarify the case and was not injurious to the defendants.

Catherine Barber, former general manager of the pension fund; Patrick Lynch, former chairman of the ATL Pension Fund and Dr Jeffrey Pyne, the former managing director of Gorstew Ltd, the holding company for Chairman Gordon 'Butch' Stewart's companies, are being tried in the Corporate Area RM Court, Half-Way-Tree regarding the distribution of surplus from the pension fund.
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