Elephant Man and Trevor Waiting for Trial Dates

April 25, 2020 10:39 AM

Dancehall artiste Elephant Man and actor/comedian Garfield “Bad Boy Trevor” Reid, continues to wait for their trials as dates were extended yesterday.

  Elephant Man’s attorney, Christopher Townsend revealed that his client’s case will be heard on September 4.  

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Both men were scheduled to appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court in Half-Way-Tree recently.

Townsend reported on Thursday that, “The matter was heard this morning at 9:30 am via teleconferencing and a new date was set for it to be heard”. The prosecution has until next Thursday to present their evidence. 

Elephant Man whose given name is Oneal Bryan, was charged with breaching Section 8 (5) of the Immigration Act, which mandates people arriving in Jamaica to make a truthful declaration to immigration personnel.

He was fined, according to precedent, $100. After he arrived at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, along with an entourage on March 17, and was asked to declare the countries he visited

The entertainer was reportedly on tour in Europe and failed to declare all the countries he had visited.

Jamaica has been implementing measures to contain the spread, but the numbers of recorded cases of the COVID-19 virus are rising daily and there were seven fatalities recorded.  

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Europe has grappled with the outbreak of the novel coronavirus with thousands of deaths recorded and thousands of confirmed cases in Italy, Spain, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

However, Bad Boy Trevor was unable to say when would be his new trial date when he was contacted. He revealed that his lawyer advised him not to attend court because the date was changed.

Reid and co-accused, Keneil Smith, are charged with breaching the Disaster Risk Management Act, the Noise Abatement Act, the Emergency Powers Act, and the Spirit Licence Act. They are currently on $100,000 bail each, previously the entertainer had planned to represent himself.

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The Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Corporate Communications Unit, revealed that at approximately 1:00 am on March 23, a police team had visited premises in Kingston 20 and an event was being held. They had shut it down and seized an amount of liquor. Both Reid and Smith were subsequently arrested and charged.

 Prime Minister Andrew Holness had issued a ban on all gatherings exceeding 20 people, at the time. In order to slow, the spread of COVID-19. That restriction is now down to 10 persons.

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