Police officer’s trial adjourned

The Grand Court trial of suspended police officer Elvis Kelsey Ebanks has been adjourned until May 12.

Justice Charles Quin adjourned the matter Wednesday morning after one of the jurors was ill on Tuesday. The court was advised that she was receiving treatment and was expected back on May 7.

The trial could have proceeded with six jurors, but the defendant wished to have all seven.

Two other jurors were then not available on May 8. One has an exam scheduled and another has a two-day conference off-island.

These factors were considered because when the trial started on April 14, it was expected to last seven days.

Court did not sit on the Friday and Monday of the long Easter weekend.

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Trevor Ward closed the case for the Crown on April 28.

Mr. Ebanks is charged with two counts of bribery and two related charges of breach of trust arising from incidents in November 2012.

He is accused of obtaining a loan or benefit on two days with intent to interfere with the administration of justice. The breach of trust alleges that as a public officer, he represented that the receipt of money would influence him in the discharge of his duties.

The Crown’s main witness was a foreign national who gave his evidence with the assistance of an interpreter who speaks English and Tagalog.

The defendant is represented by attorney Laurence Aiolfi.

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