Trial delayed

The criminal trial of former Cayman Islands lawmaker Lyndon Martin will be delayed until at least May, and possibly until August, according to a notice sent on Friday to witnesses in the case.

The new trial date is expected to be determined today.

“The captioned trial has been vacated due to the unavailability of a trial judge for the scheduled date (which was today, 23 March) and defence difficulties with the proposed date,” an e-mail sent to witnesses read.

The proposed trial dates now are 11 May or 31 August.

Mr. Martin was arrested on 27 March, 2008 as he arrived at his job at the Cayman Net News. The newspaper manager was accused of a number of offences at that time, including burglary and lying to police.

Later on, most of those charges were dropped. Mr. Martin now faces allegations of doing an act tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice, and making false statements to police.

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