Constable accused of lying

. . . and purposely attending court without police notebook

COURT TODAY BLOCKMurder accused Jamar Dewayne Orlando Bynoe today sought to discredit the testimony of Constable Elton Prescott as the Campus Trendz trial entered day eight.

When the proceedings resumed in Court No.2 of the Supreme Court this morning, Prescott, a forensic photographer took to the witness stand for the second consecutive day.

Bynoe of Headley’s Land, Bank Hall, St Michael is charged with the murder of Shanna Griffith, Kelly-Ann Welch, Pearl Cornelius, Kellishaw Olivierre, Nikita Belgrave and Tiffany Harding who perished in a fire at Campus Trendz, a then boutique on Tudor Street, The City on September 3, 2010.

Clad in a black waistcoat, white long sleeved shirt and black pants, the accused, who is representing himself, questioned the constable about information that he had taken and allegedly written in his pocket book when he was on the scene six years ago.

Under cross-examination by Bynoe the constable revealed that while he had been a member of the Royal Barbados Police Force for 15 years, he had worked with the Forensic Scenes of Crime Unit for the past eight years.

And while Prescott admitted that he had been “giving evidence his whole career” Bynoe accused the officer of purposely coming to court without his official police notebook.

In giving evidence earlier, Prescott had told the court he was unable to find his notebook.

Wiping his face with a grey washcloth Bynoe said: “I put it to you that the reason you didn’t come with your notebook is to tell lies to the court,” to which Prescott responded, “No ma’am, I am not here to tell lies to the court.”

The accused then turned his attention to the photographs taken by Prescott on September 13, 2010.

Bynoe queried whether the officer had indeed taken the photographs under the command of the late Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in charge of crime, Livingston Eversley, who was a Superintendent at the time.

The accused also contended that the photographs had not been taken in his presence, which he said was not in line with the Evidence Act.

Prescott was the only one to take the witness stand before Madam Justice Michelle Weekes adjourned the case for 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Principal Crown Counsel Alliston Seale is appearing on the Crown’s behalf.

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