Nation case put back again

Lawyers pressing for Magistrate Alliston Seale to hear case

The “indecent photo publication” case against Nation Newspaper employees was today adjourned until August 17 by a newly appointed Magistrate who has taken over the case.

The adjournment came after the accused and their attorneys-at-law appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court No. 2.

Vivian-Anne Lenora Gittens, 63, a publisher of #11 Kent, Christ Church,  Roy Ricardo Morris, 53, of #118 Warrens Park South, St Michael and journalist Sanka Louis Price, from the corner of Derriston & Grazettes Main Road, St Michael have all pleaded not guilty.

Nation Publishing Co. Ltd. CEO and publisher Vivian-Anne Gittens (left) Editor-in-Chief Roy Morris (centre) and Editor Sanka Price (right) at a previous court appearance.
Nation Publishing Co. Ltd. CEO and publisher Vivian-Anne Gittens (left) Editor-in-Chief Roy Morris (centre) and Editor Sanka Price (right) at a previous court appearance.

The charge against them relates to the publication of an indecent photograph of two teens in 2013, while being employees of the Nation Publishing Company Limited.

Last week, their attorneys Alair Shepherd QC and Ezra Alleyne queried whether the trial would have to restart since former acting Magistrate Alliston Seale, who was hearing the case, was leaving the bench.

The lawyers said they would write to the Judicial and Legal Services Commission, requesting that Seale be allowed to continue hearing the matter which started before him, rather than have it start over before a new Magistrate.

Shepherd also said that defence counsel was “entitled to written copies of the evidence taken so far” and requested transcripts on that occasion.

There was no mention today of whether the letter had been sent off or if Seale would be given permission to continue hearing the matter.

5 Responses to Nation case put back again

  1. Tony Webster June 5, 2015 at 6:09 am

    Under stand this clearly: The reason why we have a vibrant, working, effective democracy, is because we are a civilised. sovereign, independent country.

    We are responsible people in this year of our Lord 2015, and via our dult-elected government, and the relevant authorities/ministers of Cabinet, and under the protection of our constitution, our nation is governed in an efficient, effective manner, of which we are justifiably very proud.

    The reason why we have separated the three “arms of state” and established their separate functions and powers, into the Legislative, the Executive, and the Judicuary, is so that the common citizen can expect the country not only to work for the good of all, but especially so that no one “arm” of these three authorities can intervene, corrupt, or unduly influence, or be a hindrance to the workings, of the the others.

    And that is why we are so proud of what we have…and what we have wrought, and of the place to where we have been brought. N’est pas?

    Amen, and Q.E.D., and may the Lord have mercy on our souls…though we yet have Pride …and Industry…and pray for The Second Coming ASAP.

  2. Alex Alleyne June 5, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Again and again and again and again and again….etc…….

  3. Alex Alleyne June 5, 2015 at 7:24 am

    You know the deal .

  4. Mac10 June 5, 2015 at 10:16 am

    I do not feel it is appropriate to publish the home addresses of ANY accused in court cases especially as they have not been convicted of any crime as yet.

    The safety of all must be considered.

  5. Alec Pierre June 5, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Holy crap!!!


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