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Nation staffers plead not guilty


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IN WHAT WAS ORIGINALLY an indictable case, three senior NATION newspaper staff members were yesterday allowed to plead for the first time in relation to a photograph published on October 26, 2013.

When the three accused, Publisher Vivian-Anne Gittens, Editor-in-Chief Roy Morris and News Editor Sanka Price first appeared over a year ago, they were not required to plead; but the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has since indicated that the matter can be tried summarily, hence their ability to plead in District “A” Criminal Court 2 yesterday.

Gittens, Morris and Price all pleaded not guilty before Acting Magistrate Alliston Seale to the charge of showing an indecent photograph of two minors, aged 14, in the SATURDAY SUN newspaper of October 26, 2013.

The prosecution, represented by Inspector Eustace Ifill, therefore called its first witness, Valdez Francis, principal of the Alma Parris Secondary School, to give evidence about two photographs sent to him via email from the address, (Coastline Communication)

Please read the full story in today’s Daily Nation, or in the eNATION edition.


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