Wednesday 12th September, 2018 –Cheryl Thompson, the nightclub owner who was charged with several counts of human trafficking appeared in court on Tuesday when committal proceedings were set to begin.
However, the prosecution team was not ready and requested a three week adjournment from Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh, since the file is still not before the DPP. The magistrate instead gave the prosecution one week in which to get their act together, stating it was a lengthy period between the time the charges were laid and the date when committal proceedings were set to commence. Chief Magistrate Walsh has also threatened to dismiss the matter if the deadline isn’t met.
Thompson returns to court on September 18th, 2018.
In February, 2018, Cheryl Thompson and several other persons were arrested when police raided her night club on Nevis Street. She was questioned before and subsequently charged with four counts of Human Trafficking.
In June, police slapped Thompson with new Human Trafficking charges. Those offences included five counts of Debt Bondage in relation to human trafficking and five counts of human trafficking.
The offences run from November 30, 2017 to February 9, 2018.