DEFENCE ATTORNEYS in the corruption trial of former junior Energy Minister Kern Spencer yesterday complained about the "slipshod" manner in which the case was being handled.
The claim by attorney-at-law K.D. Knight came after prosecutors failed to produce, in court, the search warrant police investigators showed Spencer's co-accused and former personal assistant Colleen Wright when she turned up at a New Kingston apartment where a search was conducted.
Retired Deputy Superintendent Errington Malcolm had just completed his testimony about the search of the apartment and was about to be cross-examined by defence attorneys when lead prosecutor Paula Llewellyn informed the court that she intended to recall him to identify the warrant and have it admitted into evidence.
"I hate inefficiency, especially in the shape and form I am seeing it," Knight complained to Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey before indicating that he could not proceed with his cross-examination.
"I feel your pain," the magistrate responded at one point.
But Llewellyn sought to explain that the warrant was being stored "under lock and key" at a special location and was not taken to court because of a misunderstanding.
Malcolm, who was a detective inspector attached to the Organised Crime Investigations Division (OCID) at the time, testified that on February 26, 2008, he was given a search warrant by then head of OCID Superintendent Fitz Bailey to be executed on a Renfrew Road apartment.
He testified that while he was at the apartment with a team of eight police personnel and two officers from the Financial Investigations Division (FID), Wright showed up.
Malcolm said he read the warrant to Wright, then requested the key to the apartment.
"She indicated that she didn't have the key," he testified.
The former police investigator said he then indicated that he would secure the services of a locksmith to gain entry to the apartment when Wright produced a key she used to gain entry.
He said during the search, the police and FID investigators seized several electronic equipment and files and Wright was asked to accompany the police to the downtown Kingston headquarters of OCID.
The trial is scheduled to resume on September 30.