A lawyer who stands accused of murder appeared in Magistrates’ Court this morning representing himself in pursuit of a private prosecution matter.
Lawyer Kamel Worrell who is accused of the murder of Chavelle Dillon-Burgess had an attempted private prosecution brought against the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Cindy Clark dismissed by Magistrate Tyrone Chin.
Acting DPP Allen Richards, assisted by prosecutor Aldey Duncan, argued that Worrell’s attempt to bring a private prosecution against Cindy Clarke was designed only to frustrate and obstruct the Department of the DPP’s pending criminal case against him.
The Crown further argued that the summons issued against Ms Clarke was not legally valid as it was not signed by a Magistrate, but by a Justice of the Peace, Paul Wilmot.
In his own defense, Worrell argued that he had met with Senior Magistrate Maxanne Anderson requesting a summons and was told that she and other Magistrates were conflicted and therefore unable to sign the document.
He also indicated that it was the Senior Magistrate herself, who directed him to have the summons signed by a Justice of the Peace.
In his ruling, Magistrate Chin sided with the Crown, questioning the validity of Worrell’s summons signed by a Justice of the Peace. He also stated that the summons failed to state any specific offence before dismissing the case.