Judges reverts Pathways Int'l's Andre Ruddock bail application to April 24
Andre Ruddock, the man accused of killing Taneka Gardener during an alleged sacrificial ritual at Pathways International Kingdom Restoration Ministries in Montego Bay, St James, is seen here on the night of the incident, October 17, 2021 . On Monday his court date was reverted to April 24.

Andre Ruddock, the man accused of killing Taneka Gardener during an alleged sacrificial ritual at Pathways International Kingdom Restoration Ministries in Montego Bay, St James, on October 17, 2021, will have to wait until next month to know if he will be granted bail.

This is due to miscommunication on the part of court officers who brought forward the case to Monday as opposed to April 24 — the initial date set for the matter to be called up in the Supreme Court to allow for the continuation of a plea and case management hearing, as well as a bail application, to be made.

Justice Vinnette Graham, who presides over the case, ruled that the matter be reverted to April 24.

"The case was before the court on January 11, 2023 when the matter was further adjourned for plea and case management hearing on April 24 at 11:00 am, and also for a bail application to be made. The accused was remanded in custody. I understand that the court registry had the case brought forward because certain directions were given, but the matter is going to remain for the 24th of April, 2023 at 11:30 am," Justice Graham-Allen said.

Justice Graham-Allen was on Monday handed a report on Ruddock's antecedent, which she said will be crucial in his application for bail next month.

Ruddock — who appeared in court in a red shirt, black pants, socks and slippers while sporting a knotted and unkempt hairstyle — has been deemed fit to plead, and according to Justice Graham-Allen a trial date will be set when the case comes before her again on April 24.

BY JASON CROSS Observer staff reporter crossj@jamaicaobserver.com

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