By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
A JUDGE denied bail to dismissed police constable Toni Sweeting yesterday ahead of her adjourned drug trial, for reasons he is expected to submit in writing.
Sweeting, 27, of Coral Harbour, appeared before Justice Bernard Turner yesterday afternoon to learn his decision on her re-application for bail after her $64,000 cocaine seizure trial, scheduled four weeks ago in Magistrates Court, did not proceed.
After denying bail, Justice Turner told attorneys he would provide his reasons in writing today, November 14.
He further informed attorney Murrio Ducille that he would set a December 4 status hearing for Sweeting with respect to the start of her trial, now scheduled for November 25.
On April 22, the former officer and her 33-year-old brother Delano Sweeting, a pageant coach and franchise owner, faced four drug charges in connection with an April 19 cocaine raid at Lynden Pindling International Airport.
It is claimed they committed these crimes along with 33-year-old Jamaican national Conrad Campbell of Coral Heights Estates, who was arraigned a week later.
The Sweetings and their co-accused denied the charges and pleaded not guilty.
When the three applied for bail to the Supreme Court, only the pageant coach and the Jamaican national were granted bail.
The 27-year-old was deemed a flight risk by Senior Justice Jon Isaacs and that decision was upheld to the Court of Appeal when she applied there.