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Burton Williams’ verdict reset for December 13

Burton Williams’ verdict reset for December 13


December 13 is the new date set for a verdict in the Burton Williams trial.{{more}}

At the trial’s end on November 19, at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court, senior magistrate Donald Browne told crown counsel Colin John and Williams’ counsel, Andreas Coombs and Olin Dennie, that he would give his decision on November 28, following written submissions from the defence and prosecution.

When contacted, John told SEARCHLIGHT that the magistrate indicated that he had not yet fully perused the submissions, hence the adjournment.

John, who was told to submit his submissions on Wednesday, November 21, had already done so. The defense also honoured their obligation to produce their submissions to the court on November 26.

Williams is charged with attempted damage to property and that, within the precincts of the House of Assembly, behaved in a manner in which a breach of peace was likely to be occasioned, on January 28, 2011.

On the date in question, the NDP was staging a march and rally in protest against the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Code 2011 Bill, which was being read in Parliament at the High Court building, just opposite the Kingstown vegetable market.

It is alleged that Williams, along with others, used a barricade to ram the main gate leading to the house of Parliament.

However, in his testimony, Williams denied the allegations levelled against him.