It appears it will be a long battle before the courts as the issue surrounding the arrest of a number of residents of Salisbury, in relation to protests in the community recently, continues.
A few were summoned to court a month ago and on Thursday three more appeared before the Magistrate’s Court in St. Joseph.
They are facing charges of riotously and tumultuously assembling to the disturbance of the public, which is contrary to the Riot Act.
They are Leroy Williams, Lenary John and Jeffrey Peltier.
More residents are expected to appear before the court in the coming weeks.
After a long legal wrangling on Thursday, prosecutors told the court that they were “not yet ready to proceed with the matter” and ask for an adjournment.
It was hoped that the matter would be ready for October 27, 2015 for trial but the prosecution told the court that date was not possible.
Given that situation, the matter was adjourned to December 8, 2015.
Meanwhile MP for Salisbury was served summons outside the court in St. Joseph but when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Candia Carrette-George she said he was not properly served and he was asked to leave.
On May 11 and June 11, Salisbury was engulfed in disturbances as the police and residents faced off. The first action was in protest of poor farm road conditions in the area. It was eventually broken up by the police.
The second protest took place after the police swooped into the community and arrested six residents on allegations that they were part of the first protest.
Both actions have been described as “riotous” by the police.