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Senior Superintendent Forbes to know fate Friday

Published:Tuesday | May 6, 2014 | 12:54 PM

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Embattled Senior Superintendent James Forbes will know his fate on Friday.

That's when Resident Magistrate Stephanie Haisley-Jackson will deliver her ruling in his corruption trial.

The date was set after Forbes' attorney Jacqueline Samuels-Brown completed her closing argument in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court this morning.

Forbes is charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.

This arising from a meeting he admitted to facilitating at his offices between businessman Bruce Bicknell and two policemen.

The policemen had arrested Bicknell for allegedly offering them a bribe during a traffic stop.

In seeking to persuade a magistrate to dismiss the charges against Forbes, attorney-at-law Jacqueline Samuels argued that the senior cop took no action at the meeting that amounted to perverting the course of justice.

Samuels-Brown also sought to cast doubt on the prosecution's case, arguing that there was no evidence that Forbes knew that Bicknell had been arrested and charged with an offence.

She says there is no allegation that her client initiated, brokered, instigated or authored the agreement reached at the meeting to dismiss the charge against Bicknell.

Prosecutors have already presented their closing argument.

They painted the senior cop as the one who arranged the meeting and cast doubt on Forbes’ claim that he was not aware that Bicknell had been arrested and bailed to attend court.

Bicknell, who was jointly charged with Forbes, was freed on a no-case submission in March after the magistrate found that prosecutors had not proved the charges against him.


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