Jury returns unanimous verdicts
A Grand Court jury returned unanimous verdicts of not guilty Thursday in the trial of a FedEx courier accused of theft.
Evon Robinson, 36, had been charged with stealing gold valued at $30,733.36 from CashWiz between Nov. 27, 2011, and May 30, 2012. It was alleged that he had removed quantities of gold on different occasions from Fedex packages the company was sending to a refinery in the U.S.
The case for the prosecution, conducted by Crown Counsel Toyin Salako, included evidence of Mr. Robinson admitting theft to the CashWiz manager and to the FedEx security specialist. In his evidence to the court, however, the defendant said he made the admissions because he was pressured and he did not want to lose his job.
The security specialist, Victor Colon, was questioned by defense attorney James Stenning. Mr. Colon denied telling Mr. Robinson that if he confessed he might not lose his job. He denied pressuring Mr. Robinson or telling him what to say in a written statement.
The FedEx security specialist agreed that the packages could have been interfered with anywhere along the way.
Another Crown witness agreed it could have been possible for a packer at CashWiz to steal gold and falsely declare the weight on the packing list.
CashWiz manager Chad McGhee made a video recording with his cellphone when he confronted Mr. Robinson about the missing gold. The jury saw a segment of that recording.
In his closing speech to the jurors, Mr. Stenning pointed out that what they had seen was a three-minute portion of a longer conversation. Mr. McGhee denied editing the recording, but no one secured the phone for forensic analysis.
Mr. Stenning noted that the security specialist met with Mr. Robinson alone, so there was no witness. He also pointed to the documents in the case. The Crown had presented records of how much gold was shipped on which date, and how much gold was received in the U.S. Mr. Stenning argued that the dates Mr. Robinson had sold gold to Cash for Gold were not clearly related to each other in terms of quantity or times.
Defense witness Mark Kennedy Bush said he was a licensed trader and Mr. Robinson worked for him now and then, taking items to Cash for Gold. If Mr. Robinson sold $2,000 to $3,000 worth of gold, Mr. Bush said he would give him $300. He said there never was an occasion when Mr. Robinson returned without selling the gold.
Michael Pacifico of Cash for Gold and Cayman Precious Metals said Mr. Robinson provided identification each time he came in. He said he was told Robinson was buying gold on the street and was also selling it for his family.
Mr. Robinson was also acquitted of two counts of transferring criminal property by selling stolen gold.