A St George’s businessman slapped with multiple charges of fraud might be forced to mount his own defence as the lawyer listed as having carriage of the matter bows out.
Defence lawyer Francis Williams told Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill in open court last Tuesday that he would no longer be representing the accused man Elvin Phillip, and chose to excuse himself from further involvement in the proceedings.
Although the reason for Williams action was not disclosed in court as both the prosecutor and defense counsel, prior to the commencement of the proceeding had approached the bench in a private conversation with the magistrate, Informer learned that apart from not making good on his financial obligation to the lawyer, Phillip was also accused of not being forthright in the dissemination of information to his counsel.
Phillip a former police officer has been accused by a number of people of accepting cash for the importation of a vehicle on their behalf; vehicles that never reach them after months of waiting.
Some five witnesses, among them a retired police officer showed up in court last Tuesday for the second time, with the hope of getting some form of justice from the court as it relates to their monies or even answers from Phillip. However, their expectation was again shattered, as the matter was adjourned, to allow Phillip the opportunity to retain new legal services.
Phillip presently on seventy-five thousand dollars bail faces five charges of fraud. Sources told this newspaper that cash amounts involved range from nine to twenty-nine thousand dollars.
During Tuesday’s sitting prosecution hinted that they are proceeding summarily on all five charges. In convicted Phillip could face well over twenty-five years behind bars