Shab Don to return to court on December 1

Popular music producer Linval ‘Shab Don’ Thompson Jr was a no-show in court today to stand trial for breaching the Corruption Prevention Act.

According to the embattled producer's lawyer, Donahue Martin, the police had failed to bring the accused to court on the matter.

"The judge stayed the warrant which was issued in July until April 18th next year, therefore his status with regards to bail remains the same," Martin said.

According to court documents, members of the Specialised Operations SWAT team searched a vehicle Thompson Jr and co-accused Romario “BMR” Scott were travelling in and found an illegal loaded gun.

It is alleged that Thompson Jr tried to bribe the police officer with a sum of $2 million. The incident occurred on South Street in Old Harbour.

Both men were subsequently charged.

However, Thompson's co-accused, Scott pleaded guilty in April 2022 and is currently serving six years and one month for possession of a firearm, and four years and one month for possession of ammunition in prison. The sentences are running concurrently. Shab Don was subsequently freed of the gun charges in April.

READ: Shab Don freed of gun charges

However, the music producer is now in police custody in relation to a triple murder for which he will be appearing in court on December 1 in the St James parish court.

In June, the music producer was charged with three counts of murder that occurred on Marl Road, Rose Heights in St James on Wednesday, May 25. Shab Don was positively identified during an identification parade.

On the night in question, five people were shot when masked men sprayed them with bullets. One man died immediately after the shooting, and another two — a man and a woman — died overnight.

Shab Don, who is reportedly the son of singer Linval Thompson, has production credits which include Vybz Kartel’s Any Weather, Squash’s Money Fever, and Shub Out by Teejay.

READ: Shab Don remains in custody on murder rap

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