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Outdated traffic charge thrown out

A 54-year-old taxi driver charged with using threatening words against a traffic warden had the case against him dismissed because authorities waited too long.

Hyman Bartley, of St George’s, pleaded not guilty in Magistrates’ Court to two counts of threatening Martinette Mallory in Pembroke, on June 8 last year.

However, lawyer Charles Richardson rose to point out that prosecution had failed to act within six months of the alleged summary offence, and that the information was therefore out of time.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner dismissed the information.

Noting that February 29 appeared to be a peculiar day, Mr Warner alluded to Caribbean folk magic, telling the court: “This is a leap day, you know. It’s got a lot of Obeah.”

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Published March 05, 2012 at 9:12 am (Updated March 05, 2012 at 9:11 am)

Outdated traffic charge thrown out

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