(CMR) Local attorney Kathleen Ryan abandoned an application in Grand Court this morning requesting reporting restrictions for the upcoming robbery trial of her client, Kasnique Cupid. Media were summoned to attend in order for Justice Cheryll Richards Q.C. to consider the legal arguments.
However, upon addressing the court, Ryan noted that despite her client taking the view that existing articles about her would create a potential prejudice with the jury after further review she was withdrawing the application. The judge sought to clarify the point and asked:
“Some material on a particular website which you thought might prejudice your client which you thought it would be fair that the media be present – you sought certain items to be removed.”
Ryan replied that those were her instructions from her client but she had not had the opportunity to actually sit down with Cupid to review in-depth; instead they had been covering via WhatsApp. She admitted that after having “done some investigations it does not appear fundamentally prejudice”.
Her client has instructed her to have the content removed off CMR news website and prohibit any publication of the matter during trial on the basis that her client would be unduly prejudiced with a jury trial.
She did mention that there were some postings online that were not connected to a particular media house and it would be a long-drawn-out process to prove who posted those in an effort to have them removed from Google. The judge accepted the withdrawal of the application.
The remainder of the proceeding was a case management hearing discussing various elements of the case which is expected to begin on Tuesday morning after jury selection. The trial should last for about two weeks.
Another case management hearing is set for late Friday afternoon. Her co-accused is Richard Edward Nash and he is represented by Crister Brady.