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Don't blame us, DPP says witnesses must come to court

Published:Thursday | May 25, 2017 | 5:09 AM
Llewellyn says Jamaicans who want to see justice must be prepared to come to court and give evidence.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn says the Cash Plus fraud case could have gone ahead if witnesses had turned up to testify at the trial.

The prosecution was forced to drop the nine-year-long case against Hill because of the absence of witnesses.

In court yesterday, prosecutors said only one of 16 witnesses had come forward to give evidence at the trial.

READ: Hill free - Former Cash Plus boss walks as fraud case collapses

As a result, the crown offered no further evidence and the presiding judge directed the jury to return a formal verdict of not guilty thereby freeing Hill.

Outside court, former investors and members of the public berated the prosecution.

 

PHOTO: Carlos Hill

Llewellyn says the prosecution did its part to bring a case against the former head of the investment scheme.

She says Jamaicans who want to see justice must be prepared to come to court and give evidence.

 

DPP Paula Llewellyn

The DPP says the collapse of the Cash Plus case is a teachable lesson to Jamaicans that they should participate in the justice system.

Hill was charged in 2008 with fraudulently inducing persons to invest and attempting to fraudulently induce persons to invest in the investment scheme.

Over 40,000 Cash Plus investors are still owed close to $10 billion.