A 59-year-old retired hotel employee and the father of her grandson have been brought before the Magistrate’s Court after allegedly trying to bribe a complainant with a sum in excess of $10,000 to discontinue a court complaint against him.
Charged with perverting the course of justice are Virgin Gorda residents, Tifern Henley and his grandmother Deverell Connor.
They were not required to plead when they appeared before Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste DaBreo on Wednesday since the matter for which they are charged is indictable. This means it is triable before a judge and jury at the High Court.
The alleged offence reportedly occurred between March 12 to April 5 this year.
The court heard that Henley — who has another matter before the court — was served with a court order which prevents him from going within 200 feet of the complainant in question and her children.
The court order also forbade him from communicating with her directly or indirectly. Henley’s bail was recently revoked when he was found in breach of those conditions so he is now on remand at Her Majesty’s Prison.
The court heard that at 3 pm March 12 this year, the complainant’s mother was at her workplace when she received a note from an unknown man.
After reading the note, she realized that it was from Henley who wrote asking for forgiveness and for the complainant’s mother to urge her daughter to discontinue the matter that was ongoing before the court.
It is alleged that the complainant’s mother received a call from Henley days later. He allegedly inquired whether she had spoken to the complainant whether she will discontinue the matter.
The court heard that about 8:40 am when the complainant arrived at her workplace on April 5, she was handed a message from Connor with accompanying contact information. When she called the number, it is alleged that Connor pleaded with her to drop the charges and offered her money to do so.
A report was made to the police and investigations commenced. On April 24, Connor was arrested. During a subsequent police interview, she allegedly said she offered the complainant between $15,000 to $20,000 to drop the case against her grandson, Henley.
Connor also reportedly said that Henley was the mastermind behind the plan. As a result, a removal warrant was served at the prison for Henley. He was later brought to the Road Town Police Station and interviewed. He reportedly denied the allegations before the court.
Bail was denied for Henley. However, his co-accused was granted $50,000 signed bail. Part of her bail conditions is to have no contact with the complainant and report to the Virgin Gorda Police Station every Wednesday between 6 am to 6 pm.
Their matter was adjourned to September 11.
Defence attorney Patrick Thompson is representing Henley while Michael Maduro represents Connor.
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