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Judge says Al Miller facilitated desires of Coke

Published:Friday | July 22, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Liverne Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

Parish Judge Simone Wolfe Reece said that based on evidence presented by prosecutors in the corruption trial of Al Miller, she is convinced that the clergyman's "behaviour facilitated the desires" of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

Miller, pastor of Fellowship Tabernacle in St Andrew, was on Friday found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice. He was arrested in June 2010 after Coke,  then a fugitive, was found in his company.

“The evidence supports a finding of fact that he [Miller] was seeking to evade the local authorities,” the judge said.

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Miller had claimed that he was transporting Coke to be turned over to the authorities, but Wolfe Reece rejected his evidence.

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Wolfe Reece also said she found that the witnesses for the Crown were truthful.

She also said she found that Miller was less than candid with his account of what happened on the day Coke was captured.

A subdued Miller told reporters that he accepted the verdict and that his legal team will deal with the matter.

His bail has been extended pending sentencing on September 15.