BRIBERY TRIAL: Llewellyn backtracks on second statement
Barabra Gayle, Justice Coordinator
Sergeant Jubert Llewellyn, the prosecution’s star witness at the bribery trial of senior policeman James Forbes and businessman Bruce Bicknell today backtracked on his second statement to investigators.
During cross-examination, Attorney-at-Law K.D. Knight, who is representing Bicknell, pointed out there were inconsistencies in the two statements Llewellyn gave to investigators.
Knight noted that in the first statement given on April 28, 2012, he said that he saw the money and then went over to his colleague Sergeant Dillion Lewis.
The attorney then pointed out that in the second statement, which was given the following month, the witness said he asked Bicknell for the car documents and then he immediately went over to Lewis, spoke with his colleagues and asked Lewis to pay attention.
Knight further said the statement went on to say that Llewellyn said that Bicknell gave him the car documents and it was then that he saw the two $1,000 notes among the papers.
The witness admitted that the chronology of events in the second statement was wrong and he was standing by the first statement.
Knight pointed out that in the second statement the witness had said that Bicknell said that he should forget about the traffic ticket and Llewellyn agreed that was not in the first statement.
Knight suggested to him that in abandoning the second statement he was agreeing that Bicknell did not say he should forget about the ticket and Llewellyn agreed.
Earlier, Llewellyn agreed with Knight that he was satisfied that at the end of the April 13, 2012 meeting organised by Forbes that nothing unlawful had taken place.
Llewellyn had testified that the meeting was attended by himself, Forbes, Bicknell, a man identified as McConnell and Sergeant Dillion Lewis, who was the investigating officer in the bribery case.
Llewellyn was also asked by Knight if at the end of the meeting he was satisfied that there was no breach of Jamaica Constabulary Force rules and regulations.
He responded by saying that considering that he was told that the police commissioner was aware of the talks and gave his blessing he would have to say there was no breach.
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