Judge dismisses five charges

Mr. Justice Alex Henderson told Grand Court jurors Tuesday that he had dismissed five of the 16 counts against defendant Kim Moncrieffe.

He explained that, after lengthy proceedings in their absence on Monday, he had determined there was not enough evidence on certain counts to permit jurors to render a guilty verdict.

The dismissed counts were four of theft and one of false accounting.

The remaining 11 counts allege theft from the defendant’s employer, British Caymanian Insurance, between July 1998 and July 2002, when she was accounts clerk or accounts manager.

The case for the Prosecution, conducted by Crown Counsel Gail Johnson, concluded Friday.

After the judge’s remarks Moncrieffe went into the witness box and gave evidence. Her attorney, Howard Hamilton QC, asked about her career, her personal finances and her work at British Caymanian, including bank lodgements.

Mr. Hamilton referred to evidence that showed deposits to her own bank account were more than her salary between 1998 and 2002.

The defendant said the account was used for her salary, commissions and bonuses, plus earnings from her catering business and sale of perfumes, and payments received in respect of a family matter.

Moncrieffe said she supplied sandwiches and cakes to gas stations and she catered events, making roughly $2,500 to $3,500 a month.

Later Ms Johnson asked about monthly expenditures for the catering business. The defendant said about $600 – $700.

The Defence case was expected to close on Wednesday. Mr. Hamilton is instructed by Attorney Margeta Facey-Clarke.

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