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Bribery trial begins

A Sandys man accused of attempting to bribe Police to drop drug charges appeared in Supreme Court yesterday as his trial began.

Kenneth Thompson Sr, 51, has denied one charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice, and one count of corruptly giving property, specifically $10,000 in cash, to a public official.

In opening statements yesterday, Crown counsel Takiyah Burgess said the plot began after Detective Sergeant Kevin Christopher lead a November 17, 2008 drug raid at Mr Thompson's home.

At that time, a search of the home revealed cannabis, including a small amount inside his bedroom. “This case is about an attempt throughout 2009 to corrupt a Bermuda Police officer in order to get this defendant off some drug charges,” Ms Burgess said. “He used a close friend as a go between, but it is the Crown's position that it was his plan.”

Ms Burgess said Mr Thompson contacted William Benjamin, a childhood acquaintance of Det Sgt Christopher, and had contacted the officer to convince him to drop or reduces the charges.

On April of 2009, during one meeting between Mr Benjamin and Det Sgt Christopher, the Crown alleged that Mr Benjamin handed the officer a white envelope containing $10,000 in cash.

Mr Benjamin yesterday took the stand, but repeatedly told the court that he had no recollection of meeting with Police.

While he acknowledged knowing both Mr Thompson and Det Sgt Christopher, and that his signature was on one document presented to him by the Crown, he said he had no recollection of signing it.

The trial is expected to continue today in Supreme Court.

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Published March 02, 2011 at 9:11 am (Updated March 02, 2011 at 9:11 am)

Bribery trial begins

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