Moravian ministers case will not be transferred to Kingston

June 05, 2017
File Rev Jermaine Gibson (left), Rev Dr Paul Gardner (centre), and attorney Peter Champagnie leaving the Mandeville Parish Court earlier this year.

Judge Lorna Shelly Williams today denied the application to transfer the case involving Moravian ministers Paul Gardner and Jermaine Gibson to Kingston from Mandeville.

The ministers were both implicated in sexual incidents involving a minor.

An application for transfer was initially made on the basis that the case would be tried, bias free, among other concerns, if it was held in Kingston.

However, Gardner and Gibson will be tried in the parish court on January 23, 2018.

The two pastors are charged with carnal abuse and indecent assault arising from a series of incidents dating back to 2002, involving a girl who was below the age of consent at the time.