Judge to rule on admissibility of statement in parish councilMonday, October 14, 2019
By Jonathan Morrison
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The Manchester Parish Court may hear today if a statement will be admitted into evidence that may have been given to the police before the accused David Harris knew he was a suspect in the Manchester Municipal Corporation's $400-million fraud case.
Judge Ann Marie Grainger, who is hearing evidence in the matter, indicated last Friday that she would delay her ruling until a later date, after she was told by witness Detective Inspector Martin Morgan that Harris was not a suspect in the case when the statement was recorded.
Detective Inspector Morgan of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) had said in his evidence on Friday that he recorded a statement from Harris in 2016. He told the court he could not recall the date it was done, but that it was after June 24. He said further that the purpose of the statement was to find out from Harris, in his capacity as secretary manager at the time, “how the system worked” at the then Manchester Parish Council.
Defence counsel Danielle Archer who represents Harris, one of the eight people charged in the multimillion-dollar fraud case, had objected to the statement being read into evidence, questioning whether Harris was a suspect at the time the statement was taken.
Judge Grainger then indicated that she would delay her ruling until a later date.
Also before the court are former senior staffers of the Manchester municipality Sanja Elliott, deputy superintendent of road and works; and Kendale Roberts, works overseer. Others also facing the court are Elliott's wife and parents, Tasha Gay Elliott and Edwardo and Myrtle Elliott; Elliott's employee Dwayne Sibblies; and bank employee Radcliffe McLean.
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