The financial controller for Rick’s Café in Negril, Conroy Barrett, is expected to know on August 9 if the Westmoreland Parish Court will withdraw charges laid against him by the police.
Mr. Barrett is charged with breaches to the Spirit License Act and Place of Amusement license, after the world-famous Jamaican attraction illegally hosted the Mocha Fest party last May.
Barrett’s colleague, Thomas Martin, who is the operations manager was slapped with an additional charge of breaches to the Disaster Risk Management Act, DRMA.
They both pleaded not guilty.
However, when both men appeared in the Westmoreland Parish Court yesterday, Barrett’s attorney, Peter Champagnie, made a submission to Parish Court Judge, Steve Walters, that the financial controller was not the person to be charged with the breaches.
He says Barrett is the accountant who’s in charge of balancing the books and not the day-to-day operations.
In relation to Mr. Martin, Mr Champagnie said he would need to take further instructions in order to determine how to proceed.
However, the Clerk of Court said she would not be able to respond at this time to Barrett’s matter.
She also disclosed that the file was incomplete as there was one outstanding statement.
When asked, the clerk indicated that one week would be enough to complete the file.
The court upon acceptance of Champagnie’s invitation to review the file for Mr Barrett settled on August 9, where both men are summoned to return to court.
Nationwide News reached out to Mr. Champagnie who said that he wasn’t prepared to comment beyond what was said in court.
He says Rick’s Café remains a good corporate citizen and is committed to play its vital role in the tourism sector.