Jurors return to court today in Gibson’s case

The judge presiding over the Shane Gibson corruption trial continued hearing legal arguments in the jury’s absence yesterday.

Justice Carolita Bethell ordered the jurors to return to court today.

Prosecutors allege that Gibson, who had ministerial responsibility for the recovery and reconstruction efforts following Hurricane Matthew in October 2016, received $280,000 in bribes from contractor Jonathan Ash between January 2017 and March 2017.

Ash was owed upwards of $1 million by the government for work done as part of the cleanup following the storm when he met with Gibson and his then aide Deborah Bastian in an effort to get paid.

Ash has testified that the demand for $250,000 to approve the payments was made on Gibson’s behalf through Bastian.

The defense has charged that a joint meeting on September 25, 2017 called by investigating officer ASP Debra Thompson between Ash and Bastian, whose status had changed from suspect to prospective prosecution witness, after Gibson was charged, was improper.

Thompson testified that in hindsight the meeting was wrong.

James Guthrie, QC, Director of Public Prosecutions Garvin Gaskin, Terry Archer and Destiny McKinney appear for the Crown.

K.D. Knight, QC, Damian Gomez, QC, Philip McKenzie and Owen Wells appear for Gibson.

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Artesia Davis

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

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