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Manchester fraud trial on week-long break

Thursday, October 17, 2019

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The trial of eight people charged in connection with allegations of a $400-million fraud uncovered at the Manchester Municipal Corporation in 2016 went on a week-long break on Tuesday.

The sitting is scheduled to resume in the Manchester Parish Court on Tuesday, October 22, when presiding judge Ann Marie Grainger will deliver her ruling on the admitting of a statement into evidence, from a witness who cannot be located by the police.

Detective Inspector Martin Morgan of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency, who has been on the witness stand since last Wednesday, gave evidence outlining efforts he made to locate the witness.

The defence, meanwhile, is objecting to the statement being admitted into evidence, maintaining that Morgan had not taken every reasonable step to locate the witness, a former administrative officer of the municipal corporation. Evidence suggests that the witness may have migrated.

Following cross-examination of the detective inspector by each of the five defence counsel, judge Grainger heard submissions from the Crown and will give her ruling when the trial resumes next Tuesday.

Those before the court are Sanja Elliott, former deputy superintendent of road and works at the corporation; two other former staffers, Kendale Roberts, works overseer and David Harris, finance director; Elliott's wife, Tasha Gay; his parents Edwardo and Myrtle Elliott, Sanja Elliott's employee Dwayne Sibblies; and bank employee Radcliffe McLean.


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