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CUBAN LIGHT BULB TRIAL: Prosecutors close case against Kern Spencer

Published:Tuesday | February 25, 2014 | 6:05 PM

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

After 20 witnesses and 85 pieces of evidence prosecutors today closed their case against former energy junior minister Kern Spencer.

Defence attorneys will on Monday begin no-case submissions seeking to have Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey dismiss the case.

Meanwhile, the last prosecution witness to take the stand today was Senior Superintendent Fitz Bailey.

He testified in the corruption trial that he could not recall aspects of a 2008 meeting he attended with businessman Rodney Chin while he was still an accused in the Cuban light bulb case, but insisted that he was not covering for anyone.

Bailey's testimony came as defence attorneys sought information about the details of the November 2008 meeting at the offices of attorney-at-law Richard Small.

Defence attorneys have asserted that they only learnt of the meeting when Chin gave evidence in cross-examination by Spencer's former attorney Patrick Atkinson.

Bailey, who is the lead investigator in the case, told the court that at the meeting lead prosecutor, Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn instructed him to have Chin record a witness statement, even though the businessman was still jointly charged with Spencer and Colleen Wright.

However, when asked by defence attorney K D Knight, whether Llewellyn asked questions of Chin and what those questions were, Bailey said he could not recall.

He also rejected suggestions by Knight that he was covering up for someone, insisting that he had no reason to.

Spencer and his former personal assistant Colleen Wright are on trial for alleged money laundering and illicit enrichment arising from the implementation of the Cuban light bulb programme.


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