Former JADCo Chairman Loses Appeal of Criminal Conviction

An appeal filed by Attorney and former Deputy Chairman of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) Lennox Gayle, of his criminal conviction has been rejected.

In dismissing the appeal, Justice David Batts has also recommended that Gayle be referred to the General Legal Council, GLC.

In 2012, Gayle was convicted of assaulting a policeman.

He was also convicted of unlawfully resisting arrest in breach of the Constabulary Force Act.

Gayle found himself in trouble with the law after he slapped a Superintendent who was attempting to arrest him for breaches of the Noise Abatement Act.

In dismissing the appeal of the Attorney’s conviction, Justice Batts said it must be noted that no one should be regarded as above the law regardless of occupation or perceived social standing.

Meanwhile, Justice Batts also expressed concern that Gayle’s Attorney, Norman Godfrey, failed to include a section of a case which did not support his client’s appeal.

Justice Batts says Godfrey only submitted the first page of the case which created the false impression that the precedent supported his argument.

The Judge said he hopes Mr. Godfrey made an administrative error in failing to submit all pages of the case in the unsuccessful bid to have Gayle’s conviction overturned.

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