Document puzzle to take centre stage as fraud trial resumesMonday, October 07, 2019
Answers will be sought today as to why two photocopied documents do not have identical information, as hearing resumes today in the multimillion municipal corporation fraud trial at the Manchester Parish Court.
When the court last sat on Wednesday in Porus, presiding judge Ann Marie Grainger had indicated that the attendance of the chief investigator may be required to assist the court, as there seemed no explanation for a difference in the sequence of numbering in documents copied from the same source.
It was discovered during cross-examination by defence lawyers that the numbering of items in one photocopied document held by attorney-at-law Samoi Campbell, was different from that of the other in the hands of expert witness, ex-police constable Andrew Anderson, former digital forensic examiner with the Major Organized Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency.
This prompted defence counsel Norman Godfrey to request that the discrepancy receive the court's attention.
More than 30 witnesses have already testified since the high-profile trial began four months ago in the parish court before Grainger, and other witnesses are also scheduled to take the stand as the court reconvenes following a two-day break.
Eight persons are charged in connection with an alleged conspiracy to defraud the Manchester Municipal Corporation of some $400 million.
Those on trial are former senior personnel of the corporation, Sanja Elliott, deputy superintendent of road and works; David Harris, director of finance; and Kendale Roberts, works overseer. The other defendants are Elliott's wife and his parents, Tasha Gay Elliott and Edwardo and Myrtle Elliott; Radcliffe McLean, former senior staff member of a commercial bank; and an employee of Sanja Elliott, Dwayne Sibblies.
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