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Man acquitted over police bribery charge

A man accused of attempting to bribe a police officer with $10,000 was this morning acquitted by a judge in the Supreme Court.

Kenneth Thompson Sr, 51, of Sandys, had denied the charges. Today he was told by Puisne Judge Charles-Etta Simmons that he was free to go.

Two days of legal arguments ended in the Crown taking the position that no further evidence could be offered, and the jury was instructed to return not guilty verdicts on both counts.

Mr Thompson faced one count of attempting to pervert the course of justice, and one count of corruptly giving property to a public official.

Both charges emanated from a November, 2008 drugs raid on Mr Thompson's home, in which a small amount of cannabis was discovered.

The Crown maintained that Mr Thompson then recruited an acquaintance of the officer in charge, to act as a go-between in getting the charges dropped.

Following their verdict, Ms Simmons thanked the jury for their time, telling them: “I know it can appear to you that the trial takes place in mystery but I am a judge of the law.”

Kenneth Thompson who was acquitted today of attempting to bribe a police officer.

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Published March 03, 2011 at 11:00 am (Updated March 03, 2011 at 11:56 am)

Man acquitted over police bribery charge

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