Schmid back in court

Attorney Patrick Schmid was listed as a defendant on the Summary Court list for Thursday, 20 December.

He faces the same charges that brought him to court before: possession and importation of .0085 of a gram of cocaine salt and .134 of a gram of methamphetamine. The charges arose out of an incident at Owen Roberts Airport on 31 July 2006.

Not guilty pleas were entered on his behalf in March. He was convicted after trial in April. In August, on appeal to the Grand Court, the convictions were quashed. Justice Priya Levers said the convictions were unsafe and unsatisfactory and she ordered a retrial.

The matter was set before Magistrate Grace Donalds earlier this month, but since she had presided at the first trial she could not do the retrial.

On Thursday, the matter came before Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale, who said she would like to recuse herself because she had served on a board with Mr. Schmid.

She directed that the next mention be before Magistrate Nova Hall.

Mr. Schmid was not present. Defence Attorney David McGrath advised the court that Mr. Schmid had emigrated to Australia.

‘He is coming back to deal with these matters,’ Mr. McGrath emphasised. ‘It’s a long way to come for a single appearance.’

Mr. McGrath said his client would be undergoing significant surgery in February and could not come back to Cayman before then.

The next mention was set for 10 March. Mr. McGrath said it might well be that Mr. Schmid would not be here on that date either.

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