Nation trial

Officers take to the stand in newspaper case

COURT TODAY BLOCKTwo police officers testified when the case against three employees of the Nation newspaper continued today before Acting Magistrate Alliston Seale.

Vivian-Anne Lenora Gittens, 63, a publisher of #11 Kent, Christ Church,  Roy Ricardo Morris, 53, of #118 Warrens Park South, St Michael and journalist Sanka Louis Price, from Corner of Derriston & Grazettes Main Road, St Michael have all pleaded not guilty to publishing an indecent photograph of two teens in 2013, while being employees of the Nation Publishing Company Limited.

Nation Publishing Co. Ltd. CEO and publisher Vivian-Anne Gittens (left) Editor-in-Chief Roy Morris (centre) and Editor Sanka Price (right)                                                     at a previous court appearance.
Nation Publishing Co. Ltd. CEO and publisher Vivian-Anne Gittens (left) Editor-in-Chief Roy Morris (centre) and Editor Sanka Price (right) at a previous court appearance.

Inspector Carolyn Blackman-Alleyne told the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court No.2 that she spoke to the principal of the secondary school, which the students attend, about email which he said he received from journalist Sanka Price.

The witness also said she obtained a scanned copy of the back page of the October 26, 2013 edition of the Saturday Sun from the Director of the National Library Service, Annette Smith, which she initialled.

Additionally, Blackman-Alleyne said she spoke to other investigators in the matter.

Inspector Bernard Harte also testified today.

Acting Inspector Eustace Ifill is prosecuting the case while Ezra Alleyne is the attorney for accused Gittens and Morris. Alair Shepherd QC is representing Price.

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