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D-Day for James Forbes

Court to rule on case against senior cop

Paul Henry

Friday, May 09, 2014    

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SUPERINTENDENT of Police James Forbes will know today whether he will walk away from the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court a free man or face time behind bars.

On Tuesday, Magistrate Stephanie Jackson-Haisley reserved a decision in his trial on allegations that he had attempted to pervert the course of justice in a traffic matter involving businessman Bruce Bicknell.

The magistrate reserved her decision following submissions from Queen's Counsel Jacqueline Samuels-Brown urging the court to find her client not guilty.

The attorney said that the prosecution had not proven its case against Forbes, and noted that the evidence of the crown witness clearly showed Forbes' innocence.

Last month, the prosecution made its address, outlining that it had proven its case, and calling for a conviction.

The charge against the senior policeman stems from a meeting he facilitated at his Oxford Road office with businessman Bruce Bicknell and two policemen who had ticketed Bicknell for speeding in 2012.

Bicknell was charged along with Forbes, but freed on a no-case submission at the end of the prosecution's case earlier this year.

On Tuesday, Samuels-Brown told the court that Forbes, on the evidence, wasn't told that Bicknell had been charged and due before the court when the meeting occurred.

She said, however, that her client acted within force policy, as a senior officer, to ensure that great injustice wasn't carried out against a citizen. The crown witness, she said, had told Forbes at the meeting that he wasn't certain that Bicknell was trying to bribe him.

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