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Kevin Smith's attorney demands answers after religious leader dies in crash

Attorney Valerie Neita-Robertson
 
Attorney Valerie Neita-Roberston is demanding answers from the police after her client, Kevin Smith, the controversial leader of Pathways International Kingdom Restoration Ministries, died on Monday morning in a car crash on the Bog Walk bypass in St. Catherine.
 
The attorney says she is now acting on behalf of Mr. Smith's family.
 
In an interview with Radio Jamaica News on Monday afternoon, Mrs Neita-Robertson said she was not informed by the police that Mr. Smith was being transferred from St. James to Kingston. 
 
"Why didn't they take him before the parish court in the jurisdiction where the alleged offences were committed, and then there now, they could ask for the voluntary bill to send it to the circuit court in the parish? Why are they carrying him to Kingston? Any application to move the jurisdiction, I have to participate in that. They have to inform me, you have to file affidavit to say why you want it moved out of the parish of St. James," she explained. 
 
"Everything that is happening is very curious and certainly not what usually happens and the family is concerned about it, so I'm now acting for the estate," she added. 
 
Mrs. Neita-Roberston told Radio Jamaica News that prior to the pastor's removal from St. James, she was kept in the dark on his whereabouts.
 
She said Mr. Smith was questioned by detectives on Saturday and he later asked to be taken to the doctor as he was feeling pain in his leg.
 
However, when his other attorney, Henry McCurdy sought to contact him on Monday, he was informed Mr. Smith had been moved.
 
Mrs. Neita-Robertson said Mr. Smith's family intends to hire an independent pathologist for the autopsy.
 
Mr. Smith was being transported in an unmarked police car when it crashed.
 
A policeman, who has been identified as Constable Orlando Irons, also died in the three-vehicle collision.
 
Two other police officers have been hospitalised.
 


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