Lennox Linton gets mixed reviews on his call for a local sexual offence case to be tried elsewhere within the ECSC jurisdiction
And Opposition leader Lennox Linton suggests that consideration could be given to trying a local case involving prominent males and minor elsewhere within the ECSC Jurisdiction.
His suggestion arises out of concerns that the recent leakage of the statements of a victim involved in a sexual abuse case, may cause the case to be thrown out on the technicality of Jury Bias and prejudice.
Linton believes that it must be possible to find jurors within the jurisdiction or move the case to be tried before the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in an effort to protect our children.
He says children cannot be protected when circumstances are created where these cases can be tossed on legal technicalities.
However, Former State attorney in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Clement Joseph, does not agree with the opposition leader. He says without a statutory regime; a case cannot be tried on another territory.
He believes this is a matter that both the opposition leader and the existing government should carefully consider, as it could improve co-operation within the OECS.
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