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'Driver, don't stop at all' ... Prosecutor cites Buju's song at Al Miller's corruption trial

Published:Wednesday | May 4, 2016 | 5:01 PM
In this 2015 photo Al Miller arrives at court in Half-Way Tree for the start of his trial.

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

A prosecutor today cited the words from a popular hit song of incarcerated entertainer Buju Banton as she sought to persuade a judge to convict popular pastor the Reverend Merrick 'Al' Miller of corruption.

"Was it a case of 'driver, don't stop at all'," questioned Crown Counsel Larona Montague-Williams in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court this afternoon as she presented her closing argument in Miller's corruption trial.

"The court has to determine whether there was a chase or whether, as the accused man has said, it was an ordinary day of 'Driving Miss Daisy'," the prosecutor continued, making reference to the popular American movie.

The line from Banton's hit song 'Driver' was in reference to the evidence of a police officer that the clergymen led them on a high-speed chase that reached up to 130 kilometres per hour in the moments before then fugitive Christopher 'Dudus' Coke was captured.

Coke was being transported in the sport utility vehicle Miller was driving along Mandela Highway, in St Catherine in June 2010.

IN PHOTO: 'Dudus' Coke dressed in a wig after his capture

At the time Coke was captured, he was wearing a wig and Miller, the pastor of the St Andrew-based Fellowship Tabernacle Church, insisted that he was taking the then fugitive to surrender to authorities at the United States Embassy in St Andrew.

Miller also said the Police High Command was at all times aware of his actions.

Miller's attorney Jacqueline Samuels-Brown disputed police accounts that her client led police on a high-speed chase.

Samuels-Brown also questioned why the clergyman was never charged with any breaches of the Road Traffic Act if he did in fact led the police on a high-speed chase.

"That was never done," the attorney underscored.

The matter has been adjourned until June 14 when the judge will hand down a verdict.