Suspected serial thief Anthony Brown, 24, of Lot 138 Waterloo Street, South Cummingsburg, Georgetown, was remanded to prison after reportedly stealing a motorcycle.Brown appeared at the Wales Magistrate’s Court late last week, and the charge was read to him by Magistrate Clive Nurse. It is alleged that on October 14, 2015, at Schoonord, West Bank Demerara, he stole the motorcycle, valued $420,000, property of Linden Agard.Brown, who pleaded not guilty to the offence, explained that it was the first time he has been charged for such a crime. This assertion was, however, rejected by the prosecution. The Court was informed that based on information, the defendant, a father of one, was arrested for a similar offence. He is also wanted by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) for related matters.On this basis, bail was denied and Brown will remain incarcerated until his trial, which is scheduled to commence on July 29.
Following claims and counter claims over government lawyers influencing members of a jury to bring down a verdict in their favor, defense lawyers are gradually avoiding their cases from being decided by jurors.Juror tampering is a criminal offense characterized by attempts to influence members of a jury by means other than evidence and arguments presented in court, according to a legal expert.“This act should be a considerable concern for the legal system,” the expert warned, adding, “The goal of holding a trial is to provide people with a fair, honest and complete hearing with a jury that decides the case on the basis of information presented in court.” To make their decision interesting, last Monday, lawyers representing four former employees of the Liberia Coco-Cola Bottling Company (LCCBC) accused of stealing over US$1.8 million openly informed Judge Peter Gbeneweleh of Criminal Court ‘C’ that they waved their clients rights under the law to be tried by a jury.At Monday’s hearing, Judge Gbeneweleh granted the defense team’s request after a member of the prosecution team, Cllr. Theophilus Gould, gave no objection.Another instance is the ongoing US$6 million Private Use Permit case, at the same Criminal Court ‘C,” where lawyers representing four dismissed senior managers of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), and a senior surveyor at the Ministry of Land, Mines and Energy (MLME) avoided jury trial.Meanwhile the court had recruited several individuals to serve as jurors, who will be paid by taxpayers’ money even if they did not hear a single case for the 42 days for which they were selected to serve as jurors.According to the expert, the result of jury tampering is a false verdict or mistrial both of which, he said, “are costly for the legal system and delay justice in the case at hand.”He indicated that there were numerous ways that people can try to influence jurors. “These include bribes threats, and unauthorized communications.”He added, “Juror tampering can come from attorneys, defendants, plaintiffs, and members of the public with an interest in the case.” He also advised that if a juror is approached by someone, who is attempting to engage in juror tampering or has reason to believe that another juror is involved in tampering, it must be reported.“If jurors are tampered with, and this is not identified in time, this could have an influence on the verdict that would result in a miscarriage of justice,” he added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
1 Matt Ritchie Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie has been given a surprise call-up to Gordon Strachan’s Scotland squad for the upcoming games against Northern Ireland and Gibraltar.The 25-year-old, who was born in Gosport but qualifies for the Dark Blues thanks to his Scottish-born father Alex, is included in a 26-man party.Fellow Championship players Ross McCormack, of Fulham, and Jordan Rhodes, of Blackburn, have been recalled, but there is no place for new Celtic duo Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven.Ritchie started his career at Portsmouth but also had loan stints at Dagenham & Redbridge, Notts County and Swindon before signing permanently for the Robins in 2011.He was on the move two years later when he switched to Bournemouth and has played an important role as Eddie Howe’s side have stormed to the top of the hampionship.Ritchie has scored 11 times for the Cherries so far this season, including two in a 5-1 win at Fulham a fortnight ago.Scotland take on Northern Ireland in a Hampden friendly a week on Wednesday before hosting European Championship qualifying opponents Gibraltar on Sunday, March 29.Strachan’s side sit third in Group D with seven points from four games, while Gibraltar – UEFA’s newest member – are bottom with no points from the same number of fixtures, having failed to score a single goal while conceding 21.