Lawyer Says Police Faked Evidence


Tribune Staff Reporter


THE lawyer representing Kofhe Goodman yesterday accused the police of unlawfully withdrawing Goodman’s blood and “sprinkling it” on his clothing to fabricate evidence.

Geoffrey Farquharson continued his cross examination of Constable Darren Pierre in the Supreme Court before Justice Bernard Turner around 3:30pm.

The trial was expected to resume at 10:30am, however the majority of the day was spent on legal submissions and discussions between attorneys and Justice Turner.

Constable Pierre previously testified that he received Goodman’s blood sample after it was taken by a physician at the Princess Margaret Hospital on September 30 around 10:25pm.

He said he left the office, proceeded to Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) on inquiries and met up with Cpl 2328 Stubbs, and the PMH physician.

Constable Pierre also said he saw the accused at the time and a blood sample was collected for analysis.

Goodman, 37, of Yorkshire Drive, faces a murder charge, which he denies. It is claimed that between September 23 and 28 of 2011, he caused the death of Marco Archer, who disappeared from Brougham Street and was found dead days later.

Garvin Gaskins, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, with Neil Braithwaite and Darell Taylor, are prosecuting the case.

In yesterday’s proceedings, Constable Pierre, who was stationed at the Criminal records office around that time, maintained that the blood sample taken from Goodman was legal and had not been tampered with in anyway.

However, Mr Farquharson accused the policeman of illegally taking the tube of blood from Goodman and sprinkling it on the clothing of the accused in order to “fabricate evidence in this matter.”

Constable Pierre denied the suggestion.

Mr Farquharson also asked Constable Pierre if he knew that the order he received to collect blood was for a different investigation and not the one for which the accused is currently standing trial.

He replied: “I received certain information.” 

When asked by Mr Farquharson if he was told to go to PMH, get a vial and blood, with an order from another investigation and put it on Goodman’s clothing, Constable Pierre replied: “No, that is not true. I do not know what you are talking about, sir.”

The trial resumes at 11am today.


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