ShabDon’s trial postponed again

October 04, 2023

For about the fourth time in two years, the trial against dancehall producer ShabDon has been stalled.

"We were prepared to start the trial today and we are going to be naturally disappointed that the trial could not start today. However, we understand and appreciate the difficulties which necessitated the adjournment today. The matter has been on the trial list for at least three trial dates," attorney-at-law Donahue Martin told THE STAR.

Martin represents ShabDon, given name Linval Thompson Jr, who has been before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court since 2021 for allegedly breaching the Corruption Prevention Act.

"The matter is for trial in January and we have been prepared for trial in this matter and at the end of the day, we understand that administrative issues prevent trials from starting and we understand that that was one of the issues today and we are in the hands of the court. The disappointment is just that we are eager to have this matter dealt with," Martin stressed.

ShabDon has been charged with attempting to pay a $2 million bribe to police officers for the removal of an illegal firearm from his grey Mercedes-Benz motor car before it was searched by investigators. Allegations are that the police had intercepted a vehicle in which the producer and his then co-accused, Romario Scott, were travelling. The vehicle was seized and when searched the firearm was found. Both men were charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition. The gun was reportedly stolen from the Atlanta Police Department in the United States of America in 2018.

ShabDon, who is on bail in the bribery matter, had his bail extended to return to court on January 8, 2024, when trial is expected to begin. The producer is, however, in custody in relation to a triple murder that happened in Rose Heights, St James. Martin declined to speak about his client's well-being.

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