Chief witness in treason matter has diarrhea
Quincy Critchlow, chief witness in the treason matter against ex-soldier, Leonard Wharton, Major Bruce Munroe and his wife Carol-Ann Munroe, was yesterday given two days leave of absence by the court after he fell ill with diarrhea.
The witness faced Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine- Beharry, before whom the matter is being heard and presented a medical report.
The witness who is the key witness in the prosecution’s case against the treason trio is expected to be back on the stand on Friday for the continuation of his evidence in the preliminary inquiry into the matter.
Defence Attorney Nigel Hughes, the lawyer representing the three accused is also expected to continue his cross-examination of Critchlow.
In the meantime, two other prosecution witnesses have completed their evidence. Army official Lieutenant Colonel Sydney James completed his evidence on Monday after he was cross examined by state-appointed Prosecutor Vic Puran.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Trevor Reid also completed his evidence on Monday. He was also excused after being cross-examined by Hughes.
It is understood that Puran had made an application to have Reid be deemed a voice analyst on completion of his evidence. The prosecutor hoped to use Reid to make connections with information found on digital voice recordings which are being used to prosecute the accused persons.
The application was however refuted by the court. It was stated that the policeman was not in a position to be deemed a voice analyst and although the court had previously made its ruling, the prosecution is still optimistic and pressed to have the request re-examined. He was, however, turned down again.
The matter against the three detained for treason stemmed from allegations that they allegedly conspired with others to wreak havoc on the country and to overthrow the then Jagdeo-led regime. They were charged for the alleged crime in early December of 2009.
Photo in Wednesday server as Bruce Munroe, Carol-Ann Munroe and Leonard Wharton