Slight delay in MLA trial

Justice Algernon Smith is expected to begin his directions to the jury on Friday morning in the trial of Bodden Town MLA Dwayne Seymour.

He had expected to begin at 1.15pm on Thursday, after the lunch adjournment, but one of the jurors was absent because of a medical emergency with a family member.  The juror had expressed an interest in coming back to court later in the afternoon, Justice Smith told the other six jurors.

The court does have the jurisdiction to discharge one juror and proceed with the rest, he noted. However, he had discussed the matter with the attorneys in the case and it was thought best in the interests of justice to adjourn until the next day so that all seven could be present.

He expressed the hope there would be no other hitch in the matter.