Court delays formal Par-la-Ville charges

Four people charged in connection with a failed hotel development on Hamilton’s Par-la-Ville car park are scheduled to return to Supreme Court next month.

Michael MacLean, who planned to build the hotel, appeared in Supreme Court yesterday along with his wife, Yasmin, former Hamilton mayor Graeme Outerbridge and Ed Benevides, the Corporation of Hamilton secretary.

The four were scheduled to enter pleas to a range of charges, but Chief Justice Narinder Hargun adjourned the case until October 1 so that further applications could be heard.

Mr Outerbridge, Hamilton mayor from 2012 to 2015, is charged with corruptly agreeing to obtain property for the benefit of the MacLeans on or about October 24, 2014, by authorising the release of $15,449,858 from an escrow account at the Bank of New York into their island account.

Mr Benevides faces the same charge from his term as chief operating officer and secretary of the Corporation.

Mr MacLean, Mr Outerbridge and Mr Benevides are also accused of dishonestly obtaining the money in the account, belonging to Mexico Infrastructure Finance.

The MacLeans are further charged with stealing $13,749,858 belonging to MIF between October 31, 2014 and November 7, 2014. The MacLeans are also accused of using stolen money between the same dates in 2014, knowing that it “in whole or in part directly or indirectly” was the proceeds of criminal conduct.

Mr Justice Hargun also adjourned the arraignment of Cleveland Rogers, 51, who is accused of the premeditated murder of Marcus Gibbings, who was found stabbed to death at a Devonshire apartment on October 26, 2006.

Mr Rogers is also expected to appear on October 1 to enter a plea.

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