Gibson trial stalled over legal issues

Unexpected legal issues resulted in an adjournment in the bribery trial of former Cabinet minister Shane Gibson.

Justice Carolita Bethell apologized to jurors as she adjourned the trial to today.

Gibson, 58, is on trial for alleged criminal behavior while he oversaw the cleanup process following Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

The case revolves around contractor Jonathan Ash who prosecutors say paid Gibson $280,000 from January 2017 to March 2017 in exchange for speeding up payment for a $1 million bill associated with the cleanup.

According to the prosecution, Gibson initially demanded $330,000 from Ash.

Prosecutors allege that Deborah Bastian, an employee at the National Recovery and Reconstruction Unit, an agency formed to deal with restoration efforts following the storm, first served as an intermediary between Ash and Gibson before they started dealing with each other directly.

Director of Public Prosecutions Garvin Gaskin joined the prosecution team yesterday. James Guthrie, QC, heads the prosecution and is assisted by Terry Archer and Destiny McKinney.

Gibson’s defense team is headed by Keith Knight, QC. He is assisted by Damien Gomez, QC, Philip McKenzie and Owen Wells.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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