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Court told original resignation letter submitted by Yallahs councillor gone missing

Published:Thursday | October 12, 2017 | 1:01 PM

The Supreme Court was told this morning that the original resignation letter submitted by councillor for the Yallahs Division Dean Jones before last year’s local government election has gone missing.

This was revealed by administrator at the Coroner's Court, Janet Morgan Rogers, who returned to the witness standing when the matter resumed in court this morning.

Morgan Rogers said a search was conducted to retrieve the resignation letter but it could not be located.

The court also heard testimony from the judge to whom Dean was assigned while he worked as a court orderly.

The returning officer for St Thomas western, Franklyn Holness, is now in the witness box.

The election petition was filed by the People’s National Party’s Constantine Bogle against Jones, who represents the Jamaica Labour Party, following the November 28, 2016 local government elections.

Jones won the seat for the Yallahs Division.

Bogle, who is the former councillor for the Yallahs Division, is claiming that Jones did not live in the parish and was a civil servant up to the time of the elections.

The matter started in July but was adjourned as the presiding judge had other matters to complete before the court term ended for the summer holiday.

In July, an accountant at the Court Management Services (CMS) testified that Jones was paid his full salary for November and the first week of December last year.

Fay Skervin Thomas said CMS records show that Jones, who was employed as a judge's orderly assigned to the Coroner's Court, was paid his fortnightly salary for November and the first week of December.

Morgan Rogers also testified at the time that Jones handed her his resignation letter on December 12 last year.

However, according to Morgan Rogers, the letter was dated October 25.