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Judge Steps Aside In Case

By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

A Court of Appeal judge yesterday recused herself from an appeal where prosecutors are challenging a magistrate’s acquittal of a police sergeant who was once accused of sexual intercourse with two underage girls who were wards of the state.

Appeal Court president, Justice Anita Allen, recused herself from the Crown’s appeal against 43-year-old Juan Pratt due to a potential conflict as someone familiar to her has connections to Mr Pratt.

The new substantive hearing date was set to November 22 where Mr Pratt, of Duke Drive, South Bahamia, and son of the country’s first female Deputy Prime Minister Cynthia “Mother” Pratt, will return to the Court of Appeal.

Crown attorneys will argue that Freeport Deputy Chief Magistrate Helen Jones’s decision to acquit Mr Pratt of the two charges was “unreasonable”.

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