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Prosecution drops terrorism charges against former restaurant supervisor
2013-08-22 12:25:41 | (0 Comments)
The prosecution has dropped terrorism charges against a former supervisor at a restaurant at the Norman Manley International Airport.
David Bernard, who is accused of making a false bomb threat, reappeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrateís Court yesterday.
When the matter was called up before Resident Magistrate Opal Smith, the prosecutors Sanchia Burrell and Natalie Ebanks-Miller, said the charges of terrorism and endangering an aircraft were being withdrawn.
They told the magistrate that the allegations do not support aspects of the law which the crown had to prove.
The lawyers explained that the law stipulates that an aircraft must be in flight for it to be endangered and that a person must be motivated by religious, ideological or political reasons to commit the offence of terrorism.
The police had reported that Bernard had a vendetta against a female worker at a duty free shop at the airport and wanted to set her up.
Bernardís false bomb threat resulted in a three day suspension of cargo going into the United States from Jamaica.
The prosecution indicated that it still plans to pursue the charge of creating public mischief.
The case is set for mention on February 12 next year.
Bernard's $300,000 bail was extended.
He is being by attorney-at-Law Donald Bryan.
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