Klansman trial adjourned again as defendants undergo COVID tests

The trial of the 33 alleged members of the Klansman gang from St Catherine was postponed again on Monday as the court awaits COVID-19 test results for two defendants.

The findings are likely to be released on Tuesday when the trial resumes.

The two defendants, Andre Golding and Owen Ormsby were absent when the case was called up on Monday morning.

Chief Justice Bryan Sykes, the presiding judge, stated that he had been informed that the men were being tested as a precaution due to instances of the virus being identified at the St Catherine site where they are being kept.

Meanwhile, he criticized the fact that the defendants were unable to connect to the hearing remotely since the facility where they are being detained lacks those facilities.

This, according to the Chief Justice, must be addressed since all major stations should be able to remotely access the different courts.

The trial has been postponed three times since it began on September 20.

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