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Crown drops charges against cop accused of perverting course of justice

Charges have been dropped against a police officer accused of perverting the course of justice in relation to the alleged manipulation of Magistrates’ Court records.

Constable Kevin Cabral, 51, faced the charge along with Jahmeekah Wilson, 27.

She was a member of Bermuda Police Service staff working as an admin officer at Magistrates’ Court at the time the alleged crime was committed between April 1 and October 8 last year.

Also charged in the case is Derrick Hill, 29, a member of the public. They all entered not guilty pleas at a previous court hearing.

Prosecutor Cindy Clarke offered no evidence against Mr Cabral during a brief court hearing yesterday morning.

The basis of the case has yet to be outlined in court.

Ms Wilson and Mr Hill continue to face charges together of conspiring to pervert the course of justice and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Ms Wilson also faces three additional charges of corruption. They are due to stand trial next month.

Pc Cabral was suspended from his job for almost nine months due to the court case.

He announced news that the charges had been dropped on his Facebook page immediately after the hearing, taking the opportunity to thank his family and friends for their “love and support”.

Asked by

The Royal Gazette to comment on the case, he replied: “Given the fact that I am a serving member of the BPS I will have to consult with my attorney first.”

His attorney, Elizabeth Christopher, declined a request for comment.

A police spokesman said: “The case is still before the courts and the Bermuda Police Service will not comment at this stage.”

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Published August 31, 2011 at 10:22 am (Updated August 31, 2011 at 10:21 am)

Crown drops charges against cop accused of perverting course of justice

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