Rodman misses court, remains in hospital
The manslaughter case against national cyclist Marloe Rodman was mentioned in the St Catherine Parish Court yesterday at which Attorney-at-Law Tom Tavares-Finson told the court that his client is yet to be released from hospital.
Tavares-Finson told Parish Judge Grace Henry-McKenzie that, to his knowledge, Rodman won't be discharged from the University Hospital of the West Indies for another three weeks.
The lawyer told the court that it was unfortunate that Rodman was in trouble because he had a real chance to medal at the Moscow Olympics.
"It is, indeed, an unfortunate turn of events, but he is still yet to heal adequately to be discharged to appear before the court," Tavares-Finson said.
The parish judge then put off the matter until January 18, next year, when the case is expected to be mentioned again.
Rodman was charged on December 5 with manslaughter, operating an unlicensed motor vehicle, no registration or certificate of fitness, no insurance and no registration plates affixed.
He is charged in the death of Anthony Gordon, a labourer of Gordon Pen district, St Catherine.
Investigations by the police revealed that at about 1:30 a.m., on November 26, Rodman was allegedly performing stunts on the aqua green R600 Honda CRB motorcycle along Gordon Boulevard in St Catherine.
On reaching a section of the roadway, he reportedly lost control of the bike, which fell atop Gordon ,who was seated stationary on a motorcycle by the side of the road.
Gordon and Rodman were taken to the Spanish Town Hospital for treatment where Gordon succumbed to his injuries.
An investigation was subsequently launched by Sergeant Donovan Barnes of the St Catherine North Traffic Department.