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Witness testify of cover up in bribery case involving Senior Superintendent

Published:Tuesday | June 11, 2013 | 6:58 PM

The prosecution’s chief witness in the bribery trial of Senior Superintendent of Police James Forbes and businessman Bruce Bicknell today testified about a cover up to get the Tank-Weld boss off charges.

Sergeant Jubert Llewellyn testified that he was called to a meeting on April 13, 2012, at the office of SSP Forbes’s who said he was acting as a mediator in the matter.

Llwellyn said before going into the meeting he raised concerns about the implication of holding such a discussion.

However, he said SSP Forbes told him that Police Commissioner Owen Ellington was aware of the talks and that he should not worry.

The policeman said he then went into the meeting which also included policeman Sergeant Delon Lewis, Bicknell and a man identified only as McConnell.

The witness had testified that it was Lewis who had informed Bicknell on April 9 that he would be charged with bribery during the spot check.

Sergeant Llewellyn said during the meeting Lewis gave Forbes the case file who then gave the 2000 dollars back to the businessman.

Llewellyn testified that Forbes dictated a statement to his secretary who then provided a printed copy.

He further testified that Forbes, Bicknell and McConnel signed the document and he said the senior policeman said that a fourth signature of a Justice of the Peace would be attached to the document.

The witness said Forbes told him that he could pick up a copy of the document at a later date.

Responding to questions from the prosecution, Llewellyn agreed that bail bonds were written for Bicknell in relation to the offence.

Asked why he did not prepare a statement prior to the matter coming to court, the witness said the investigating officer, who was Sergeant Lewis, did not require him to prepare one.

The defence raised objections saying the questions being asked did not form part of the disclosure.

Llewellyn is to continue his testimony tomorrow.


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