DIRECTOR OF Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn says the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) has presented clear evidentiary material for her to institute criminal proceedings against May Pen Mayor Scean Barnswell.
The mayor was summoned before the contractor general on April 29, 2013, pursuant to Section 18 of the Contractor General Act.
Llewellyn, in her 21-page report released yesterday, said that given the circumstances of the case and the material presented by the OCG, "I am of the view that a failure to initiate prosecution will have a profound effect on public morale, given the fact that the elements of the offence have been made out."
Llewellyn argued that another factor which grounded her decision to initiate prosecution in this matter was "the aura of evasiveness that permeated the mayor's sworn testimony while he answered questions from the OCG".
"In all the circumstance, there is clear evidentiary material to institute criminal proceedings against Mr Scean Barnswell for attempting to mislead the contractor general, contrary to Section 29 of the Contractor General Act."
Section 29 of the Act states that "every person who wilfully makes any false statement to mislead or misleads or attempts to mislead a contractor general or any other person in the execution of his functions under this act … shall be guilty of an offence".