Lawyer found guilty to trying to bribe cop

A 78-year-old law­er has been con­vict­ed of at­tempt­ing to bribe a po­lice of­fi­cer in a case where his two clients were ac­cused of cheat­ing in CXC ex­ams, over two decades ago.

Wilston Camp­bell was found guilty of per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice at the end of his brief tri­al be­fore Jus­tice De­van Ram­per­sad in the Port-of-Spain High Court yes­ter­day.

Camp­bell, who was pre­vi­ous­ly on bail, was re­mand­ed in­to cus­tody and or­dered to reap­pear be­fore Ram­per­sad on Mon­day for sen­tenc­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the ev­i­dence pre­sent­ed dur­ing the tri­al, Camp­bell was al­leged to have paid the $1,500 bribe to the po­lice of­fi­cer for as­sist­ing in block­ing wit­ness­es from tes­ti­fy­ing in his clients’ case on Ju­ly 18, 1995.

In his de­fence, Camp­bell con­tend­ed that the po­lice of­fi­cer had so­licit­ed the bribe from him.

In 1996, Camp­bell ap­peared be­fore the Dis­ci­pli­nary Com­mit­tee of the Law As­so­ci­a­tion charged with pro­fes­sion­al mis­con­duct af­ter a for­mer client claimed that he de­fraud­ed him in 1987. The man claimed that he gave Camp­bell $29,500 to pur­chase two parcels of land in San­gre Grande and he kept the mon­ey.

Camp­bell ap­pealed the de­ci­sion but it was up­held by both the Court of Ap­peal and Privy Coun­cil. Camp­bell was or­dered to re­pay the mon­ey to the man’s rel­a­tives as he died while the ap­peals were be­ing de­ter­mined.

In 2017, Camp­bell was charged with de­fraud­ing an­oth­er client of $132,000. Last year, he was sus­pend­ed from prac­tis­ing law by the Law As­so­ci­a­tion.

The case was pros­e­cut­ed by Kr­ish­na Jaglal.

Reporter: Derek Achong

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