Lawyer denies obstruction of justice charge

A lawyer is facing an obstruction of justice charge in connection with a conversation he allegedly had with a sitting judge in relation to a matter she was hearing. Prosecutors allege that 61-year-old Philip Lundy threatened, intimidated or restrained Justice Ruth Bowe-Darville on account of her presiding over a matter as a judge.

When Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt asked him to enter a plea to the charge on Friday, Lundy, who was shackled at the feet, replied, “Absolutely not guilty.”

Ferguson-Pratt set bail at $20,000 with no reporting conditions.

Ian Cargill, one of three lawyers representing Lundy, questioned whether the matter was “properly before the court”, after he suggested that the statute of limitations had passed.

Cargill said his understanding was the charge was only triable before a magistrate. He submitted, “If that is, in fact, the case, the matter is statute barred and I see no fiat from the DPP’s Office.”

The prosecutor, Samantha Miah, reviewed the file and said she did not see a fiat. After speaking with the investigating officer, Sergeant 3310 George Rodgers, who was present in court, Miah said that he had “only received a letter”.

Ferguson-Pratt will give her decision on August 5.

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