Defence completes no-case submissions in light bulb trial

Wednesday, March 19, 2014    

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LAWYERS in the long-running Cuban light bulb trial involving former junior energy minister Kern Spencer and an assistant yesterday completed their no-case submissions in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

Queen's Counsel KD Knight, who represents co-accused Coleen Wright, and Deborah Martin, representing Spencer, asked Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey to dismiss the charges on the ground that the prosecution hadn't made out its case against the accused persons.

The prosecution is to respond to the no-case submissions today.

The no-case submissions came after the prosecution closed its case last month after five years of on-and-off evidence from 20 witnesses and the presentation of 85 exhibits.

Spencer, Wright and Rodney Chin were arrested in February 2008 and slapped with fraud- and corruption-related charges in connection with irregularities in the distribution of four million energy-saving light bulbs which were a gift from the Cuban Government.

However, the charges against Chin were dropped following a meeting in November 2008 involving himself, his lawyer, Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn and others. Chin ended up being the prosecution's star witness.

The defence was made aware of that meeting only after Chin let it slip while giving evidence in court in 2010.





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