Interdicted police officers Simon Power and Pamphill Prevost are currently on trial in the High Court for allegations stemming from their involvement in cash seizures going back as far as 2012.
In 2019 Messrs. Power and Prevost faced charges of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and conspiracy to steal.
The jury found them not guilty on the count of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, but the jury was hung on the count of conspiracy to steal.
Mr. Prevost is being represented by Jamaican attorney Terrence Williams, a former Virgin Islands director of public prosecutions, and Mr. Power is being represented by Israel Bruce, a lawyer based in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The trial is being held before Justice Raymond C.S. Williams, and the prosecution is being led by Queen’s Counsel John Black with support from prosecutors in the Office of the DPP including Crown Counsel Kael London.
During a Friday sitting of the trial, police officer Alvin Forbes Washington took the stand to be questioned by Mr. Black and then cross-examined by Messrs. Williams and Bruce.
Responding to questions from Mr. Black, Mr. Washington, a forensic photographer, recalled responding to a crime scene on Jan. 24, 2012 at Frenchmans Cay, where he said Messrs. Prevost and Power were present.
Mr. Washington testified that at Frenchmans Cay he photographed a black canvas bag and several ziplock bags containing $35,500, then put the ziplock bags inside the canvas bag and handed it Mr. Prevost before photographing the general area.
He photographed the bag and its contents again after returning to the Road Town Police Station later that afternoon, though he observed that the ziplock bags were opened and not in the same order as he had placed them in the bag, he told the court.
Mr. Black also submitted photos taken by Mr. Washington into evidence and questioned him on those photos.
But during his cross-examination, Mr. Williams called into question whether Mr. Washington had correctly followed police procedure, and pressed him on details of his testimony that the defence attorney said have changed in successive court hearings.
On Tuesday, Mr. Bruce said the trial continues to convene daily at the Sakal Building.
Correction: This article has been updated to accurately spell the name of Simon Power.
Correction: This article has been updated to include Justice Raymond C.S. Williams’ first name.
Correction: This article has been updated and corrected to reflect the background of this trial.