Preliminary inquiry set for Moncur’s case
Guardian Senior Reporter
Published: May 11, 2013
The Office of the Attorney General has declined to fast-track the case against community activist Rodney Moncur.
The 56-year-old is accused of committing a grossly indecent act by posting photographs that showed autopsy injuries of Jamie Smith, who died of asphyxia in police custody on February 8.
The photographs were posted on his Facebook page.
When he appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell yesterday, Moncur was expecting to be served with a voluntary bill of indictment, which would expedite his case to the Supreme Court.
Moncur elected trial before a judge and jury at his arraignment in April.
However, ASP Ercell Dorsett said the Office of the Attorney General determined that the magistrate should have a preliminary inquiry to determine if there is enough evidence for a trial.
The decision angered Moncur who once again said he did not want Bethell to hear his matter.
Bethell transferred the matter to Magistrate Constance Delancy because her calendar is booked into December.
Delancy scheduled the preliminary inquiry to August 16 and allowed Moncur’s $7,500 bail to remain in place.