The case involving the Commissioner of Corrections, Ina Hunter, who’s charged with breaches of the Public Health Act is scheduled to return to the St Catherine Parish Court today.
Hunter was charged on September 17, after she allegedly disobeyed a 30-day notice from the St. Catherine Health Department to repair a leaking sewer main at the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre in Spanish Town.
The Health Department said the leak was causing the discharge of wastewater with an offensive odour onto White Church Street. The Department said this was affecting commercial operations and pedestrians along the street.
A notice was served on the Department of Correctional Services in February, giving them 30 days to correct the problem.
In October, Hunter’s attorney, Christopher Townsend, told the court that the leaking main wasn’t repaired as yet. He said if repairs are to be carried out, the prison would have to be closed for six months. He told the court the repairs will cost the government $12-million.
Mr. Townsend also told the court the problem existed since 2011 and submitted that the Health Ministry should be charged and not Hunter.