Magistrate Bankole Shyllon yesterday assured the managing editor of the Standard Times newspaper, Phillip Neville, in the on going trial between him and the Inspector General of Police, that the viewing of the video cassettes was preliminary.
The court was unable yesterday to view the video exhibits tendered in court by the fourth prosecution witness, Henry Smith of SLBS, and state counsel Gerald J. Soyei made an application for viewing of the cassettes to be done today.
According to him, the prosecution was making facilities to enhance proper viewing of the exhibits in court.
The defence team representing Mr Neville was again absent in court but the magistrate informed the court that the lead counsel, Jenkins Johnston snr, visited him in his chambers yesterday morning informing him that he was unwell, and was going to see his doctor
The magistrate thereafter asked the accused whether he had any reply to the prosecution’s application for viewing of the cassettes this morning.
The accused replied that since the magistrate had heard from his lawyer that he was unwell, he did not have anything more to say.
It was then Magistrate Shyllon reassured him that the viewing of the cassettes was a preliminary exercise as the process would be re-run when the defence counsels re-appeared in court.
On Tuesday hearings, the prosecution lawyer requested for the cassettes to be viewed despite the absence of the defence team as he said it was not bad for the prosecution.
The matter comes up this morning for the exhibits to be viewed.