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Taxi driver goes on trial September 30
Ivan Taylor, the Jamaican taxi driver who has been charged in connection with last year's murder of schoolteacher Michelle Coudray-Greaves, daughter of Local Government Minister Marlene Coudray, will go on trial at Jamaica’s St James Circuit Court on September 30. The ruling was made when Taylor, the last known person who saw Coudray-Greaves, appeared in court last week. Taylor, who has been in custody since June 30 last year, was again offered bail—this time with increased sureties. Attorney-at-law Stacy-Ann Young, who represented Taylor, told presiding Justice Sara Thompson-James that her client was unable to take up the bail that was previously offered to him. “When this matter was before the lower court, Mr Taylor was offered bail in the sum of $200,000 with three sureties,” Young said. “Because of his financial situation and because he doesn’t have any living relatives (to assist with bail), he wasn’t able to take up the bail.”
In responding to the attorney’s statement, Thompson-James said while she could not reduce the bail amount because of the severity of the matter, she was prepared to increase the number of sureties. “I can increase the number of sureties to five, but for a matter of this kind, I can’t reduce the bail amount,” she said. Lead prosecutor Loxley Ricketts said the prosecution was ready to set a trial date for Taylor's case. “On the last occasion (July 15), the matter was set for Mr Taylor’s legal representation to be settled and for documents to be served,” Ricketts said. “I have served the documents on Ms Young, and we have had discussions to verify that counsel has everything. “The Crown has a few formal statements outstanding, but I do believe we can be ready for a trial date in September.”
Thompson-James subsequently increased the number of sureties for Taylor’s bail conditions, even as she set the case for trial on September 30. “Bail is offered to you in the sum of $200,000 and I’m increasing the number of sureties to five,” Thompson-James said to Taylor. "You will report to the Whithorn Police Station (in Westmoreland) every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 7 am and 6 pm. You are not to interfere with the witnesses in the case, and I’m imposing a curfew order, from 9 pm to 5 am daily.” Coudray-Greaves went missing on June 1, 2012, two days after returning to Jamaica from vacation in Trinidad. Her burnt remains were found in a canefield near Montego Bay on June 11. At the time of her disappearance, Coudray-Greaves was a Spanish teacher at Cornwall College in Montego Bay.
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