(CMR) Embattled Member of Parliament McKeeva Bush made his initial appearance in a decades-old rape case in the Grand Court on Friday. However, the matter was put off until July 14 after his lawyer indicated he needed time to address his finances in preparation for a trial.
Attorney Dennis Brady said his client wanted a week to determine how his defense would be paid for. Brady said it has been indicated that a foreign judge and prosecutor would be brought in for Bush's trial in another assault case, and his client intended to have “leading” counsel.
Bush is expected to stand trial in September for charges of indecent assault stemming from another incident last year. As a result, these new charges have put a strain on his ability to finance his defense in this matter, Brady told the court.
Brady said he also needed time to get full disclosure on those listed in the indictment as this was not yet done.
When Justice Cheryll Richards suggested two weeks for the return date, Brady indicated that Mr. Bush had plans to travel on Government business and a week would be sufficient.