Key police witness in Daby’s case charged with perverting course of justice

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The key police witness in the case against businesswoman Maryann Daby, who is accused of attempted murder, was on Wednesday charged with perverting the course of justice.

Detective Constable John Holder appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman and was not required to plea to the charge which alleged that between the months of August and October, he deviated from his police statement dated May 13, 2018, in the matter the Police Vs. Maryann Daby.

He was represented by Attorney-at-law Steven Roberts, who was successful in getting him released on $300,000 bail. The cop is slated to return to court on November 20, 2018.

Holder, 28 of North Road, Bourda was placed under close arrest after giving his testimony in court before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly who was presiding over the Preliminary Inquiry (PI) against Daby.

The Detective, in his testimony at the PI, told the court that he lied in a police statement he made to support a colleague, Christopher Kissoon, who is the victim in the matter.

Maryann Daby at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court in May

Detective Holder further testified that a senior officer had told him to change his statement.

On May 15, Daby was hauled before the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court and was charged with the attempted murder of a Police Officer and the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

It is alleged that on May 13, 2018, at Albert Street and Thomas Lands, with intent to commit murder, she attempted to discharge a firearm at Police Constable Christopher Kissoon.

The last two charges read that on the same day, Daby had .32 pistol along with 6 live rounds without being a licensed firearm holder. She pleaded not guilty to the two charges.

However, after being on remand for over three weeks, Daby’s attorney Mark Waldron moved to the High Court and his client was released on a total of $750,000 bail.

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