The trial of businessman Michael Issa suspended
ST JAMES, Jamaica – The trial of businessman Michael Issa, charged with resisting arrest and indecent language, has not started.
Instead, the case, which was called to St James Parish Court on Monday morning, was adjourned at 2pm.
The case was put on hold due to the late release of a statement to Issa’s lawyers. The businessman is represented by Michael Hemmings and Gordon Brown.
The statement served Monday morning relates to Issa’s alleged negligent loss of his licensed firearm. This is an alleged copy of an entry made in the police log on December 17, 2021.
Hemmings requested the original statement, but the court clerk said she had not yet assessed the statement in terms of its relevance to the trial.
As a result, the case was dropped.
Issa was arrested and charged with negligent loss of firearm, resisting arrest and indecent language when he went to the police station, hours after his stepson was allegedly abducted and killed, to report the disappearance of his licensed firearm.
The weapon, which is believed to have disappeared on December 17, 2021 and is not linked to the child’s death, was later found and related charges dismissed.
Gabriel, who was autistic, was found with his throat slit and his body slumped in the back seat of his mother’s car shortly after she told police assailants dragged her from her car and left with her child in it.
The incident is believed to have taken place on the main road from Tucker to St James. The car was found on Oak Hill Avenue in Fairfield Estates.
There have been no arrests in this case and no suspects have been named.
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