Jury chosen for Lyndon Martin trial

Witnesses to include senior police

Seven women were selected yesterday morning to serve as jurors for the trial of former legislator Lyndon Martin, who is charged with doing acts tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice and falsely accusing Deputy Police Commissioner Anthony Ennis of a crime.

Before jurors’ names were drawn, Crown Counsel Elisabeth Lees read out the list of witnesses scheduled to give evidence for the prosecution.

Justice Roy Anderson cautioned potential jurors that they should let him know if personal acquaintance with any of the witnesses or the defendant might interfere with their ability to deliberate objectively.

He explained that it was critical for justice not only to be done but to be seen to be done.

Twelve witnesses are scheduled to give live evidence, Ms Lees said; the rest will have their statements read.

The 12 include former Police Commissioner Stuart Kernohan, Deputy Commissioner Anthony Ennis and Chief Superintendent John Jones. Police Public Relations Officer Deborah Denis is on the list along with other officers.

Cayman Net News publisher Desmond Seales is also scheduled to be a witness, as are three former or current Cayman Net News employees Paul Charles, John Evans and Suzanne Livingston. Mr. Martin is also a former Cayman Net News employee.

Other witnesses scheduled to testify are Simon Ashwin and Richard Coy.

The trial is taking place in Court 5 in Kirk House, where there are facilities for video link.

During jury selection, three people advised the court of their personal knowledge of witnesses or the defendant, who served as MLA for Cayman Brac and Little Cayman 2000-2005.

Andrew Radcliffe QC, who leads the prosecution team, challenged two other jurors. Trevor Burke QC and Attorney Ben Tonner did not challenge anyone on behalf of the defence.

Justice Anderson said he would give the formal charge at 2pm, after which it was expected that the trial would get underway. It has been set down for two weeks.