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In his closing address to the jury today, April 10, lead Crown Counsel John Black, QC suggested that Simon Power began constructing his house weeks after he allegedly stole money at a police operation in Cane Garden Bay.
Police officers Simon Power and Pamphill Prevost are currently facing trial on charges of conspiracy to steal and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
Mr. Black recapped several incidents and pieces of circumstantial evidence in making this suggestion.
He suggested that Power was part of a theft in Cane Garden Bay, where a large sum money was allegedly stolen from a pillow case after seizure. He was allegedly given a cut of $40,000—money which he allegedly channeled into the construction of his house at Fat Hog’s Bay.
The court heard that the Cane Garden Bay incident occurred in December 2012, and several weeks later, Power began construction.
According to Mr. Black, Mr. Power acquired the land since 2009 through a loan from a bank, but had not done any construction works until after the Cane Garden Bay incident.
He noted that Power had acquired some $15,000 from the bank to channel into the work on the house. A valuation of the property showed that it was worth $110,000, however, Power was unable to provide evidence as to where he got the some $65,000.
The Prosecutor told the jury that Power claimed he had other jobs apart from his policing work that helped him to fund the construction, but was unable to provide any evidence of such.
Mr. Black also suggested that Mr. Power had received a $7,000 cut from another operation.
The trial continues with the defense making their address to the jury.
Power is being represented by Attorney-at-Law Israel Bruce, while Prevost is being represented by Attorney Patrick Thompson.