(CMR) The trial of Lovell Marriott, who was charged with being a disorderly person in relation to a protest outside Government Administration Building last year, was suspended on Wednesday, 2 August, after she was caught taking pictures in court.
Marriott reportedly took photos of the judge, witnesses, and news reporters present in Summary Court on Tuesday, the first day of the trial.
Before the trial resumed on Wednesday, Magistrate Kirsty-Ann Gunn raised the issue of contempt after it was brought to her attention that Marriot had taken the photos despite being told to turn off her phone. Marriott's phone was searched, and several images were found.
Marriott admitted to taking the photos but claimed no one told her to turn off her phone. She said she meant no harm and that the photos were for personal use.
Her lawyer Amelia Fosuhene then questioned whether Marriott would get a fair trial as her character and integrity had been questioned mid-trial in open court.
The decision was then taken to terminate the matter, with a new trial to be set for September.
She was admonished but not charged in relation to contempt of court; however, she was warned by the judge that the outcome will be different if she commits the offense again. Marriott's bail was extended.