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Lawyer fumes as Britain wants deported man extradited | New

A Jamaican who was deported from Britain more than a decade ago is on his way home, having waived his right to an extradition hearing.

The man, Jermaine Scott, was arrested and charged with grievous bodily harm and malicious and unlawful injury in February 2011. However, he was not brought to trial on these charges, but was instead deported to Jamaica .

More than a decade later, British authorities asked their Jamaican counterpart to send Scott back for trial. His attorney, Stewart Stephenson, said that although Scott waived his right to an extradition hearing, he views the extradition request as a violation of process.

“Exactly 11 years and one week later, in February 2022, the investigator went to seek a warrant for him to be extradited to the UK,” Stephenson said.

He said it was “flagrant” and “unfair to the subject” that the case was brought back 11 years later, considering it had not been prosecuted when Scott was in Britain’s custody.

When the case came to Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday, Stephenson told Senior Parish Judge Lori-Anne Cole-Montaque that his client intended to attend a private lesson at his return to the UK. He said a team of lawyers has been assembled to plead his case.

“My client said that rather than raise it here in Jamaica, he would rather go to England, confront his accuser about the case he has, and raise the issue that this is a classic case. of abuse of process. When you have a man in custody, then you deport him and then you seek 11 years later to bring him back,” Stephenson said.

Scott, he said, has married since returning to Jamaica and has begun to rebuild his life. – TT