Livity’s trial set for January

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Leighton 'Livity' Coke, brother of former Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, was denied bail yesterday when he appeared in court.

Defence lawyers George Soutar and Peter Champagnie who are representing Coke had applied last month to inspect the station diary to see if any entry was made in relation to the charges brought against him, it was reported in a popular newspaper.

The prosecutor informed the court yesterday that the police made no entry in any station diary concerning the incident.

Champagnie, in applying for bail for the second time, said bail was being opposed because of the accused man's surname and not because of the allegations.

He said it was unfair for someone who is said to be wanted by the police to surrender himself and then told that he was not eligible for bail.

Justice Daye turned down the bail application.
Last month, Coke was denied bail when the prosecution opposed bail on the grounds that things were under control in west Kingston and there was a fear that if Coke got bail, crime could escalate.

Coke is facing charges of shooting with intent at the police and illegal possession of a firearm. The charges are allegedly related to the unrest in west Kingston in May when Christopher Coke was being sought by the police in connection with a warrant for his extradition.