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Errol Vivian Jones will not be deported.

The ruling was handed down in the St Matthias Magistrates’ Court earlier today when the matter continued before Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch.

Canadian officials were asking for the 65-year-old of Bridgefield, St Thomas, to be extradited for breaking his parole after they alleged he failed to check back in with his parole officer in 1997. While living in Canada, Jones was convicted of two drug-related offences on November 11, 1993, and August 31, 1994, and had been sentenced to 2 319 days in jail.

He spent 1 430 days before he was released on full parole. One of the conditions of that parole was that he report to his probation officer.

When Jones failed to check in on October 10, 1997, warrants were issued for his arrest by the Canadian Correctional Services for him to serve the remaining 889 days of his sentence.

Jones was represented by Clement Lashley Q.C., and Honor Chase, while Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Anthony Blackman and Senior Crown Counsel Krystal Delaney represented the Canadian Government.  (RA)

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