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Ellington, Bent could testify in Al Miller case

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

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OUTGOING Com-missioner of Police Owen Ellington and retired Deputy Commissioner Jevene Bent have been summoned to appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court today, where they are likely to be asked to give evidence in the case against clergyman Rev Al Miller, who is charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Miller was charged after then fugitive Christopher 'Dudus' Coke was found in his presence in June 2010. Coke, the reputed former strongman of the tough Tivoli Gardens community in West Kingston, was being sought by the police to face an extradition hearing after the United States requested that he be sent there to answer criminal charges.

Coke had escaped a police dragnet and was on the run for one month.

Miller's trial was scheduled to start yesterday but could not go on as his lead attorney, Jacqueline Samuels-Brown, QC, complained to Magistrate Simone Wolfe that Bent had not made herself available for her to collect a statement and come before the court despite a subpoena being issued. She also complained about Ellington not showing either, despite an order by the court.

Additionally, the attorney complained that there has not been disclosure of the record of persons who visited the office of the commissioner.

At one point, RM Wolfe said it disturbed her that subpoenas and warrants should be issued for a serving member or current member of the constabulary to show up for court.

Chris Honeywell, who appeared for the commissioner, assured the court that Ellington would be present for court today. He also told the court that he had sought to get Bent to co-operate with Samuels-Brown but to no avail.

Miller said he was assisting in bringing in Coke, with the knowledge of the Police High Command.

Yesterday, Samuels-Brown said her client is facing a serious charge and she would like the participation of Ellington and Bent and disclosure of the record of persons who visited the commissioner's office shortly before Coke was held for a determination to be made as to whether Miller was acting on behalf of the authority.

Coke is currently serving time in a US prison following his extradition to that country in mid-2010.

— Paul Henry

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