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Men plead guilty after forcing woman to change statement

Published:Thursday | October 17, 2013 | 7:13 AM

Chad Bryan, Gleaner Writer

The two men accused of forcing a woman to change her witness statement in a murder case have pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.

Mark Harrison and Edwin Hibbert appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday before Resident Magistrate Lorna Shelly-Williams.

It is reported that staff members at the office of the Director of Public Prosecution became suspicious after the woman entered the building and crying.

After being questioned to woman revealed that she was being forced to change her statement.

One of the suspects was reportedly nabbed outside the DPP’s office, while the other was apprehended in the downtown Kingston area several hours later.

Investigators believe the woman had been targeted because she gave evidence earlier last year in a case involving two men who were charged with murder.

At the end of the trial, one of the accused was convicted and the other ordered to stand trial again following a hung jury.

Both Harrison and Hibbert will return to court on November 14, when a social enquiry report is expected to be completed.


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