The jury in the trial of Hassan Syed is expected to be sent out to consider its verdict Monday or Tuesday.
Judge Philip St. John-Stevens has been reviewing the evidence in the case since Thursday afternoon.
He spent Thursday afternoon and all day Friday going through each charge on the indictment and summarizing the evidence given in relation to each one. He is expected to finish up Monday and give legal directions to the jury before sending them out to consider their verdict.
Former president of the University College of the Cayman Islands, Syed has denied 12 charges including obtaining pecuniary advantage by deception, obtaining money transfers by deception and theft. The charges relate to allegations that he lied about his doctorate to get the president’s job and then dishonestly spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of the college’s money for personal use. He is also accused of falsifying invoices and dishonestly submitting time sheets to get payment from the college in connection with work to set up a Civil Service College.
In his closing remarks, Prosecutor Patrick Moran said Syed used his charm and status to manipulate his colleagues and take every penny he could from the college. The crown alleges Syed dishonestly spent more than $200,000 on his college credit card to fund a lavish lifestyle.
Syed’s attorney Tom Price QC said in his closing remarks that the Crown’s case was “fundamentally flawed.” He said Syed had a system with the college’s accountant of borrowing and repaying money from the college. He acknowledged that the president’s debts had escalated but said there was no proof that Syed had intended to permanently deprive UCCI of funds.