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Judge ponders Kern tapes

Published:Saturday | February 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Judith Pusey, the senior resident magistrate for the Corporate Area, has said she would announce on February 25 whether to allow secret recordings made by star prosecution witness Rodney Chin to be admitted as evidence in the corruption trial of Kern Spencer.

Pusey yesterday said she would only be able to deliver on her promise if she received written submissions from prosecuting and defence counsel by next Friday.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn, who is leading the prosecution, has applied for the 26 recordings captured on Chin's cellular phones to be admitted as evidence.

However, the attorneys representing Spencer and his co-accused, Coleen Wright, have questioned the authenticity of the recordings and have argued that they should be thrown out.

When the case resumed in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday, defence attorney Deborah Martin wrapped up her cross-examination of Detective Sergeant Patrick Linton.

No harm done

Linton, who is attached to the Organised Crime Investigation Division and the cyber-crime unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), told the court that the equipment he used to examine the cellular phones did no damage to the recordings.

In addition, he said that while he had possession of the phones, he did not delete anything from them, neither did he witness anyone deleting anything from them.

Spencer, a former junior minister in the Ministry of Energy, and Wright, are alleged to have benefited improperly from the implementation of the Cuban light-bulb programme.

They are also charged with money laundering and corruption.