Pastors on sex charges hire big lawyers

February 02, 2017
Peter Champagnie
Pierre Rogers
Jermaine Gibson making his way from the Manchester Parish Court after the carnal abuse case against him was mentioned.
Dr Paul Gardner making his way from the Manchester Parish Court after the carnal abuse case against him was mentioned.
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The two pastors charged with having sex with a minor have hired two top criminal defence attorneys to lead their defence.

Former Moravian president Dr Paul Gardner and his former deputy, Jermaine Gibson, have brought in Peter Champagnie and Pierre Rogers as their lawyers.

Lambert Johnson, who had issued statements on behalf of the clergymen, has been sidelined.

Gibson and Gardner appeared in the Manchester Parish Court yesterday, and the prosecution has indicated that the case file is ready to proceed with the case against the men.

Bail has been extended for both accused until next Wednesday when they are scheduled to return to court.

They are charged in connection with a series of incidents dating back to 2002 involving a girl who was below the age of consent at the time.

Both pastors allegedly had sex with the girl.

They have denied the allegations.

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