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January 12, 2013
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Mayor plans to develop land near Gregory Park

Rasbert Turner, Portmore Star Writer

Portmore's Mayor George Lee said there are plans afoot to develop a piece of land near Gregory Park from where persons were removed recently.

He said the occupants who were removed from the land will be a part of the planned development.

"What was done to those persons was an injustice. I feel strongly about it as they were wrongly removed and they must be a part of any development there," Lee said.

He told THE PORTMORE STAR that the public defender is working to remedy the wrong that was done to those who occupied the property. "I hope that, when the matter is probed, someone will end up before the courts for what was done to them," Lee said.

Lee said the development plan is aimed at having other small businesses established on the land, but the previous occupant will figure prominently.

The Portmore Municipal Council had forcibly removed the occupants and demolished a number of containers belonging to them.

There was an air of disquiet about the operation by the occupants, who said that they had spent large sums of money on their businesses.

Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey has given a January 31 deadline for the prosecution to finish collecting outstanding statements in the case involving Portmore resident André Sinclair.

The accused, who appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday, has been accused of being the mastermind behind a major debit and credit-card ring.

Sinclair was arrested during a raid at Caribbean Estate in Portmore, and has been charged with five counts of forgery, two counts of possession of data devices, and two counts of unauthorised access to computer.

He is being represented by attorney-at-law C.J. Mitchell.

Reports from the police are that about 1:30 a.m. on November 7, members of the Organised Crime Investigation Division, armed with a search warrant, went to Sinclair's home at St Vincent Boulevard in Caribbean Estate where they seized several items believed to be used in the manufacturing of fraudulent credit and debit cards.

The court heard that a square card reader said to be the latest data-capturing device that banks overseas have been using, a manual hot-foil stamping machine, a card writer, card embosser, a template for making Jamaican driver's licences, and laptops, were seized by the police.

Sinclair, who was at the house during the raid, was taken into custody and later charged.

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