Wednesday 26 September, 2018

Bermudian judge to handle DUI case involving Justice Ingrid Mangatal

A Senior Magistrate from Bermuda has been assigned to preside over the case involving Justice Ingrid Mangatal, who was recently charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and careless driving.

In a statement from the Chief Justice Anthony Smellie on Thursday he said in anticipation of hearing next week Thursday he invited the Acting Governor, Franz Manderson, to appoint a magistrate from overseas to preside.

On the advice of the Judicial and Legal services Commission, Acting Governor Manderson agreed to the appointment of Senior Magistrate Juan Wolffe of Bermuda.

Senior Magistrate Wolffe is expected to arrive March 13  and to be sworn in on the following day in preparation  for the March 15 hearing.

According to the Statement from the Chief Justice, Mangatal has continued to perform the usual duties of her office as Judge of the Grand Court.

“She will be on leave during the latter part of next week,” read the Chief Justice’s statement.

The former Jamaican Supreme Court Judge was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and careless driving, after her car crashed into a wall on September 4.

She was only formally charged last Friday, March 2, with careless driving and DUI.