Another delay

Lawsuit against the state yet to get off the ground

There’s been yet another false start to the lawsuit brought against the State by former murder accused Frank Errol Gibson.

When the matter came up before Madam Justice Pamela Beckles in the Supreme Court this afternoon, Principal Crown Counsel Alliston Seale said his side was still proceeding with an application made by the late Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Charles Leacock, for the judge to recuse herself from the case, based on certain “utterances”.

Seale also said that he was ready to make submissions on the application.

However, Gibson’s lead attorney Larry Smith said he would first want to cross-examine Principal Crown Counsel Anthony Blackman who filed the affidavit on the matter.

But with Blackman not present in court, the matter was adjourned until November 13 when it is expected that Blackman, as well as Gibson, will be cross-examined.

“I don’t know what is the delay, but every time we come here it is something else,” a frustrated Justice Beckles said this afternoon.

Gibson is claiming damages in excess of $2 million in the lawsuit against the DPP’s office, the Attorney General and Dr Victor Eastmond.

He claims that he was wrongfully charged, imprisoned and prosecuted for the 2002 murder of Francine Bolden, after the DPP discontinued the case against him on November 8, 2012, on the grounds that there was insufficient evidence to make out a case beyond reasonable doubt.

One Response to Another delay

  1. hcalndre October 27, 2017 at 3:31 am

    Justice Beckles don`t play games nor waste the court`s time.

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