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BRIBERY TRIAL: Witness tells of effort to keep Bicknell out of court
2013-06-12 14:56:55 | (0 Comments)
Barbra Gayle, Justice Coordinator
The key prosecution witness at the bribery trial of Police Superintendent James Forbes and businessman Bruce Bicknell this morning told the court about the efforts that were made to prevent the Tank-Weld boss from facing the courts for a traffic offence.
Sergeant Jubert Llewellyn testified that on April 13, 2012 he collected the false statement Forbes had prepared at meeting a day before.
Llewellyn said the document had three signatures and was signed by someone purported to be Justice of the Peace.
The witness said the following day he got a call from head of the traffic division SSP Radcliffe Lewis to provide a statement to the Anti Corruption Branch on what had transpired.
He said Sergeant Dillion Lewis, who was the investigating officer in the bribery case, was escorted there and he gave a statement.
Llewellyn said the accused were indicted based that statement.
The witness testified that he did not go to court on April 18, 2012, when Bicknell was scheduled to appear before a magistrate.
Asked why he stayed away, he said based on the discussion at the mediation meeting called by Forbes on April 13, 2012, it was agreed that the court proceeding against Bicknell would be done away with.
According to the witness, it was also agreed that no lawsuit would be brought against him and Sergeant Lewis.
The false statement was tendered into evidence.
Llewellyn is continuing his testimony at this hour in the Corporate Area RM Court.
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