Row over Sherman’s Bank Statements Again

first_imgProsecutors are still pushing every legal means to have access to Senator Varney Sherman’s bank statements. This was demonstrated yesterday when they asked Criminal Court ‘C,’ where the Senator is expected to stand trial on the Global Witness bribery scandal, to do so.Initially, prosecutors had asked another court, Criminal Court ‘A,’ which indicted Sherman and others in the Global Witness bribery scandal, to order several banking institutions, including Ecobank, where Senator Sherman is a customer, to produce his bank statements, which Judge Kontoe accepted and acted upon.Though Criminal Court ‘A’ granted the prosecutors’ request, Sherman’s legal team has a contrary view, making a case against Judge Boimah Kontoe at the Supreme Court, and the matter is still pending. The defense’s argument at the time was that there was no case before that court for Judge Kontoe to issue such a directive to the banking institutions to surrender their client’s bank accounts to prosecutors.Although the matter is pending before the Supreme Court, prosecutors again asked Criminal Court ‘C,’ the court that authorized Sherman’s arrest, to compel the banks to produce his accounts dated from January 2011 to September 2011.At yesterday’s hearing on the merits and demerits of the prosecutors’ request, state lawyers argued that since the court is now handling the matter, based on the issuance of its writ of arrest and subsequent indictment of Sherman and others, it would be appropriate for the court to ask the banks to submit Sherman’s bank accounts to help with their evidence.In counter argument, the defense team said there was no reason for Criminal Court ‘C’ to do so, because the matter was still before the Supreme Court and “as such, Judge Emery Paye should not do so, as doing so would mean you are undermining the matter that is pending before the Supreme Court.”Immediately after listening to the arguments, Judge Paye reserved ruling. “I reserve ruling into the matter, and I would deliver it anytime next week,” the Criminal Court Judge told the parties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgA Ballybofey man who faced a catalogue of charges after repeatedly breaking a barring order against his ex-partner and their children has escaped going to jail.Gareth Reid appearing at an earlier court sitting.Gareth Reid appeared before Letterkenny District Court yesterday facing a total of 15 charges. Reid, 32, a former Donegal county councillor, had pleaded guilty to 14 charges of breaching a barring order and another charge of criminal damage.Fourteen of those charges were committed by Reid while he was out on bail.His case was adjourned until yesterday to allow for probation reports into his cases involving the charges which took place between April 1st and November 29th, 2013.Judge Paul Kelly said the probation report suggested that Reid had engaged with counseling and probation services who said it was unlikely that he would now reoffend.However the Judge added said “Some of these cases were of an extremely terrifying nature. His partner gave evidence about the affect it had on her and her children.“Mr Reid persisted in offending repeatedly and that is something I cannot allow to go unpunished.”Judge Paul Kelly warned Reid that if he got into further trouble he would find himself behind bars.“Given the number of offenses involved you have been treated with considerable leniency but you have had umpteen chances and you will not be given any more. If you stay out of trouble you will stay out of jail,” he said.On three sample charges of breaching a barring order, Judge Kelly jailed Reid, of Lawnsdale, Ballybofey to a total of six months in prison but suspended the sentence for a year.MAN WHO TERRORISED EX PARTNER WARNED HE WILL GO TO JAIL THE NEXT TIME was last modified: January 20th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeyBARRING ORDERcounty councillordonegalGareth ReidLetterkenny Courtlast_img read more