Thursday, 27 June 2013

LEGAL BRIEFS: A new twist in the Buju Banton case + Jody-Ann Gray's rare court appearance

Her day in court 
After more than a year, the headline-snagging Jody-Ann Gray saga is finally nearing closure. Fomer broadcaster Wayne Whyte and his co-accused Safari Farr are to be sentenced on July 5 stemming from their guilty pleas to gun charges arising from the chilling attack on Gray in April 2012. On Wednesday, Gray was presented in court for the hearing by the prosecution, who brought her into the island from her overseas-based home. The journalist, who worked at KOOL FM, was shot in the face and neck as she arrived home in Cedar Grove, Portmore on the night in question. At the time she was seven months pregnant with Whyte's child, which she delivered at hospital earlier this year. 

The more things change 
The latest entry in the Buju Banton files: Earlier this week, a US district judge threw out a gun-possession charge against the embattled entertainer arising from his two-year-old drug case. According to reports, the charge would have given the Grammy winner an additional five years behind bars. At the same time, while gun charge has been dismissed, Buju's drug conviction still stands.

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