Rankin trial delayed again

Mario Deon Rankin appeared in Summary Court Tuesday to face 32 charges of employing a person in contravention of a condition of his or her work permit and a charge of operating a business without a license.

Rankin’s trial was adjourned on Monday and was followed with a decision on Tuesday to change his legal presentation from attorney Waide DaCosta to local attorney John Furniss.

Magistrate Valdis Foldats granted Mr. Furniss time to review his new client’s case. The new trial date has been set for Aug. 7.

Rankin was arrested in 2012 and has been charged with operating businesses in the Grand Harbour Shopping Centre, including the Brick House, Dog House, Brew House and Oar House without the required license between Nov. 1, 2012, and Dec. 27, 2012.

The charges pertaining to individuals on work permits cover the same time frame.