Po­lice wit­ness in Maryann Daby trial charged with at­tempt­ing to pervert course of jus­tice

—placed on $300,000 bail

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A po­lice con­sta­ble was yes­ter­day granted bail after he was ac­cused of at­tempt­ing to pervert the course of jus­tice in the mat­ter of Maryann Daby, who is cur­rently be­fore the courts for the at­tempted mur­der of a po­lice­man.

Con­sta­ble John Holder, 28, was brought be­fore Se­nior Mag­is­trate Judy Latch­man, who read the charge to him.

It is al­leged that be­tween Au­gust 10 and Oc­to­ber 2, at Ge­orge­town, he at­tempted to pervert the course of jus­tice by de­vi­at­ing from his po­lice state­ment, in the case of the po­lice ver­sus Maryann Daby.

Holder was not re­quired to plead to the al­le­ga­tion lev­elled against him.

His at­tor­ney, Steven Roberts, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Nigel Hughes, told the court that his client was un­der both close and open ar­rest for two weeks. He added that this is the third time his client has been to court for the said mat­ter.

There was no ob­jec­tion to bail made by the po­lice pros­e­cu­tor, how­ever, a re­quest was made for the con­sta­ble to re­port ev­ery Fri­day at 8 to the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion De­part­ment (CID).

The court heard that Holder is a key wit­ness in the trial against Daby.

Holder was later granted $300,000 bail and was or­dered to re­port ev­ery Mon­day at 9 a.m. to the clerk of Court 3. He is ex­pected to com­mence re­port­ing on Novem­ber 12.

Novem­ber 20 is when the mat­ter is ex­pected to be called again.

The charge against Holder comes days after an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was or­dered by Mag­is­trate Leron Daly, who is pre­sid­ing over Daby’s Pre­lim­i­nary In­quiry.

Mag­is­trate Daly or­dered the in­ves­ti­ga­tion after Holder, dur­ing his cross-ex­am­i­na­tion by Daby’s at­tor­ney Mark Wal­dron, made al­le­ga­tions against a po­lice rank. The Mag­is­trate had also or­dered that the very rank be sum­moned but he is yet to ap­pear be­fore the court.

The charge against Daby, 25, of Lot 127 D’Aguiar Park, Hous­ton, al­leges that on May 13, at Al­bert Street and Thomas Lands, Ge­orge­town, with in­tent to com­mit mur­der, she dis­charged a loaded firearm at Con­sta­ble 24785 Christo­pher Kis­soon.

John Holder

John Holder

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