Friday 12th October, 2018-The human trafficking case brought by the police against nightclub owner Cheryl Thompson continues to be plagued by delays and confusion on the part of prosecutors.
Charges against Thompson were re-instated this week, after the matter was dismissed last month by the Chief Magistrate, as a result of prosecutors missing several key deadlines.
On Thursday, Thompson showed up for her case at the St. John’s Magistrates’ Court, but according to reports, no one could have provided her with answers, when she inquired which magistrate she was expected to appear before.
Reports are that Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh transferred the matter to Magistrate Conliffe Clarke, since she was the one who dismissed the charges against Thompson only last month.
However, Magistrate Clarke’s clerk said the case was not before him, because no charges had been filed with the court.
Cheryl Thompson will return to court on Monday, when the matter is expected to move ahead.
She is charged with five counts of human trafficking, five counts of debt bondage and five counts of using the services of trafficking persons.
The offences allegedly occurred between November 2017 and February 2018.