PI hearing for Lester Smith and “German”

A Preliminary Inquiry is to take place for the charges laid against suspended Technical Director of the Grenada Football Association (GFA), Lester Smith of Tempe, St. George’s, and Basketball Coach, Nigel “German” McKie of the Carenage.

Senior Crown Counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Howard Pinnock was seeking to have a paper committal of the accused sports officials in connection to the forgery charges that they are facing.

Both Smith and McKie are jointly facing five counts of conspiracy to utter a forged document.

Smith, 46, who is being represented by Attorney-at-Law Peter David has ten counts of forgery laid on him, while the 56-year McKie who has retained the services of Francis Paul has another two counts of conspiracy.

Pinnock had informed Chief Magistrate, Her Honour Tamara Gill that he was in discussion with the defense Counsels about the need to proceed with the matters by way of paper committal since it can save the time of the court.

However, when the two accused appeared at the St. George’s No.1 Magistrate’s Court on Monday, the presiding Magistrate was advised that Defense Counsel Paul has objected to having a paper committal for his client.

In light of the circumstances, Magistrate Gill instructed that summons be issued to all of the six prosecution witnesses who are all women including the former GFA General Secretary, Malaika Church.

The charges against Smith and McKie are in connection with a visa scam believed to have started sometime in 1991 for which a number of persons were allegedly charged a fee to assist them to gain entry into the United States of America.

Both Smith and McKie are currently on bail in the sum of $50,000 each.

The two will make their next court appearance on June 19.

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