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Final Witness Not Called In Trafficking Case

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

PROSECUTORS in the case of two women who claim to be victims of human trafficking, did not call their final three witnesses yesterday.

Senior Justice Jon Isaacs inquired about the move to close the case when there were three witnesses left on the indictment sheet. Vinette Graham-Allen, director of public prosecutions, replied that there was difficulty in getting a Romanian interpreter to be present for the evidence of one of the witnesses.

She added that the court was made aware of the circumstances in a previous legal discussion surrounding the other two witnesses who are based in another country.

The judge nodded and addressed Brian Dorsett, who asked to make certain legal submissions in the absence of the jury.

Senior Justice Isaacs excused the jury from the courtroom where legal discussions opened between himself, the Crown and Mr Dorsett.

Mr Dorsett with Jiaram Mangra and Benjamin McKinney represent the accused, 24-year-old Chevanese “Sasha” Hall. 

Hall is charged with four counts of trafficking of a person, and two counts of unlawful withholding of papers, alleged to have been committed between January 10 and 28, 2013. Hall denies the charges.

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