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New Hearing Date For Men Accused Of Robbing Deputy Pm

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

A NEW status hearing date has been set for three men who might stand trial in a month’s time accused of the armed robbery of Deputy Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis.

A back-up trial date had been set for July of this year in the event that Marc McCartney, Tyrone Knowles, and Jeffrey King could be tried in connection with the December 9, 2013, raid at Mr Davis’ home before the original May 2016 trial date.

Justice Vera Watkins had fixed a status hearing for yesterday morning when lawyers for the three accused were to indicate if there were any unresolved issues concerning the case in question.

No defence lawyers were present at the time the matter was called. The judge set another status hearing for June 30.

McCartney, 21, Knowles, 25, and King, 27, are accused of robbing Mr Davis – who was acting prime minister at the time – of jewellery worth $93,000, a jewellery box worth $200, Baraka gold jewellery worth $700, an opal top wallet worth $450, a Royal Bank credit card and a driver’s licence worth $15.

The three are further accused of robbing Mr Davis’ wife, Ann Marie Davis, of $2,953, and Wilberforce Seymour of $10.

McCartney and King, represented by Geoffrey Farquharson, have both been granted bail since their formal arraignments in the Supreme Court.

Knowles, represented by Richard Bootle, remains in custody.

Maria Zancolla appeared for the Crown in yesterday’s proceedings.

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