Jurors plead guilty to perversion

Published: Friday | December 11, 2009

Barbara Gayle, Staff Reporter

The two female jurors who were held in a sting operation last month accepting money to free a man accused of murder pleaded guilty yesterday to perverting the course of justice.

The accused are 23-year-old model Verona Samuels, of Freetown, Clarendon, and 45-year-old domestic helper Natalie Sill, of May Pen, Clarendon.

Social enquiry reports have been ordered for them and they are to be sentenced on February 9 in the May Pen Resident Magistrate's Court.

Resident Magistrate Dale Palmer, after hearing bail applications yesterday from defence lawyers Hopeton Clarke and Garfield Haisley, granted Samuels and Sill bail in the sum of $250,000 each.

The two are to report to the May Pen Police Station three times weekly.

The details

Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Ann Marie Feurtado Richards, in outlining the facts of the case, said the women were jurors on a murder case in the Clarendon Circuit Court in November.

They approached the mother of the accused man and demanded $100,000 to return a not-guilty verdict.

The mother said she could only afford to pay $20,000 but they said the least they would take was $50,000. The woman made a report to court officials and the police were notified.

The police set up a sting operation and on November 16 the two jurors were held collecting marked money from the mother of the accused.

Supreme Court Judge Bryan Sykes has cited the two jurors for contempt of court and they are to appear in the Clarendon Circuit Court next year March in relation to the contempt of court proceedings.

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