A 63-year-old man appeared in Magistrates Court this morning [July 11] after being arrested for a traffic offence that occurred over twelve years ago.
Mr John Jordan was picked up on an old arrest warrant dating from June 2000. After spending time in Police custody and appearing in court, Senior Magistrate Archie Warner dismissed the charge and freed Mr Jordan, saying that it would not be fair to proceed with the matter.
Noting that he had been arrested on an arrest warrant originally issued in 2000, Magistrate Warner asked Mr Jordan where he had been in all that time. Mr Jordan said that he’d been in Bermuda the whole time, and that he last been in Court in 2007 on a minor traffic matter and was unaware of this or any prior matter.
Checking the files, the Senior Magistrate said that it appeared that Mr Jordan had been charged in June 2000; had not appeared in Court because he was in hospital on the date he was due to appear; and that a warrant for his arrest had been issued in June 2000.
Ordering that the charge be dismissed, the Magistrate told Mr Jordan that he was free to go.
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