Pastor charged for conning fellow preacher
A pastor reportedly committed the crime of bigamy because he was allegedly mislead by another pastor that he had been divorced from his estranged wife.
One of the pastors, Vernon Gayle, 57, of High House District St Catherine, is accused of providing Junior Lawrence, another pastor, with false divorce papers. Pastor Lawrence then got married to another woman after he presented the document he received from Gayle to his estranged wife. However, he was later charged with bigamy after it was revealed that the document was fictitious.
Bigamy is a crime under the Offences against the Person Act. It is committed when a married person marries another person during that first marriage and during the life of the first spouse. When Gayle appeared before Parish Judge Natalee Brookes in the St Catherine Parish Court yesterday, he plead not guilty to charges of obtaining money by means of false pretence, possession of forge document and uttering forged document.
His bail was extended when he appeared in the St Catherine Parish Court on November 15,2016.
The allegations are that in 2014, Pastor Lawrence reportedly was seeking a divorce. He allegedly paid $37,000 to Gayle to secure a final order in his divorce proceedings. Some months after, he received a document purported to be that final order from Gayle.
But following the charge of bigamy that was brought against Lawrence, an investigation was launched following which Gayle was charged.