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Judge orders probe of lawyer's conduct

Saturday, February 22, 2014    

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Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey Thursday ordered a probe into the conduct of an attorney who it is reported made restitution to two complainants in a fraud matter.

The attorney, Dialo Sterling, by his own admission disclosed in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court that he had lent his client the money that was paid to the complainants.

Head of Area Four Police Division Superintendent Fitz Bailey was summoned by the judge to investigate the matter.

"You know why I have taken this stand, I have spoken to him time and time again and he behaves as if I don't like him, but this has got to stop," said Pusey in reference to the attorney.

Sterling's client, Kayton Christie, was brought before the court on charges of obtaining money by false pretence.

It is alleged that Christie pretended that he was an agent of the Firearm Licensing Authority of Jamaica and could get licences for the complainants and collected $175,000 and $80,000 from them.

However, on Thursday when the matter was raised, Sterling told the court that the sum in question in relation to his client was $135,000 and not $175,000.

Pusey then asked him if his client was guilty and he said his client was innocent, but told the court that the complainants have already got back their monies.

The magistrate then asked him how that happened and he said he was contacted by Christie's wife and the payments were made.

Pusey then asked one of the complainants how he had got back his money and he told the court that he was first contacted by Christie's wife and then by Sterling, who returned the money.

Pusey then questioned the other complainant and was also informed that he, too, was contacted by Sterling.

"Take their statement and then do what you have to do according to law," Pusey then instructed the investigating officer.

"Might I say," Sterling then said in an attempt to explain, but was silenced by the magistrate.

"I prefer if you don't say anything," she told him.

"They borrowed the money from me," he added.

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