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Judge to hand down verdict on October 10 in Jephthah Ford corruption trial

Published:Tuesday | July 4, 2017 | 2:02 PM

Well known medical doctor Jephthah Ford will hear the verdict in his corruption trial on October 10.

The date was set by Senior Parish Judge Simone Wolfe Reece in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court this morning.

It came after prosecutor Joel Brown and Ford's attorney, Patrick Bailey completed their closing arguments.

Ford is on trial for two counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice arising from an incident in 2014 when two Surinamese men were held during a police operation along Half-Way Tree Road, in St Andrew, with US$533,886 or approximately J$55 million.

The trial featured testimony from police sergeant Franklyn McLaren that he secretly made a recording of Ford offering him millions of dollars to end the investigation against the two men and release the cash.

NOTE: The date for the verdict in this case was subsequently changed to August 17. Ford was found guilty.