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Man nabbed attempting to influence witness at DPP’s office

Published: Friday November 30, 2012 | 5:25 pm Comments 0
Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn - File Photo
Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn - File Photo

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

The police today nabbed one of two men who took a witness to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) demanding that she change her statement in a case against a murder accused.

Staff members of the DPP’s office became suspicious after the woman entered the office and started to cry.

The men were reportedly waiting outside the DPPs office.

The police were called and one of the men held.

The other escaped.

The matter is being investigated by the Major Investigation Task Force.

The woman had testified in a case earlier this year in which two men were charged with murder.

One of the accused was convicted and a re-trial was ordered for the other after a hung jury.

The matter was mentioned in court today when the man on re-trial was denied bail.

It was after that the woman was taken to the office of the DPP in an effort to have her change her statement.

“We will not be intimidated and if anybody interferes with witnesses, they will be charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice,” DPP Paula Llewellyn told The Gleaner this afternoon.

In the meantime, protection has been provided for the woman.

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