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Policeman continues bid to get Government House report

Bermuda Police Service (photo by Glenn Tucker)

Legal action to seek information from a report into allegations of misconduct by Stephen Corbishley, the former Commissioner of Police, continued in Magistrates’ Court this week.

The document is being sought by a lawyer representing a police officer and his wife in a harassment case.

Jerome Lynch, KC, counsel for Mark Monk and Tricia Monk, has argued in previous hearings that the results of the inquiry by Andrew Bermingham could affect his client’s case.

The matter returned before magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo and he set a date of February 16 for the situation to be addressed again.

Government House has previously refused disclosure of the report to The Royal Gazette on the basis that it “would or could reasonably be expected to prejudice the prevention, detection or investigation of a breach or possible breach of the law”.

It was also stated that the disclosure could “prejudice the effectiveness of tests, examinations, investigations, inquiries or audits” conducted by Government House and to "prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs“.

Mr Monk, 39, has denied allegations that he used a phone to cause Mr Corbishley “annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety” between June 8 and July 19 last year.

He has further denied using a phone to harass Superintendent Gillian Murray, then head of the service’s professional standards department, between May 5 and August 27 last year.

Mr Monk has also denied an attempted perversion of the course of justice by harassing investigating officers and falsely accusing them of perjury between June 9 and July 16 last year.

Ms Monk, also 39, has denied using a phone to harass Ms Murray between May 22 and July 14 last year.

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Published February 13, 2023 at 7:52 am (Updated February 13, 2023 at 7:52 am)

Policeman continues bid to get Government House report

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