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King’s illness forces postponement in money laundering trial

Leon King's injury has forced a postponement of his trial at the Magistrate's Court until March 12, 2014. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Illness has forced a postponement in the trial of Cane Garden Bay resident, Leon King after he appeared before the Magistrate’s Court today, January 8, 2014 with a visible limp.

King, 32, previously pleaded not guilty to acquisition, possession or use of the proceeds of criminal conduct which was allegedly committed on January 24, 2012. 

The offence allegedly occurred near Frenchman’s Cay on a small vessel named "Overeasy".  

The boat was searched and a black bag containing over $136,000 was allegedly found. King was the sole occupant of the vessel at the time. 

He was initially granted bail in the sum of $200,000 with a cash component of $100,000. Bail was later reduced to $40, 000. 

The defendant, who has opted to represent himself in the matter, told Magistrate Dr Velon John today that his injuries may require surgery and that he was brought from the Peebles Hospital. 

He remains incarcerated on a similar but unrelated matter. 

The matter will next be heard on March 12, 2014. 

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