Deputy Superintendent of Police Gary McKenzie is this afternoon denying that he forced Sergeant Jubert Lleweyn to give a statement which implicated West Portland MP Daryl Vaz, in a corruption probe.
Mr. Vaz was cleared of breaching the corruption prevention act in the Corporate Area Criminal Court yesterday.
This after Sergeant Llewelyn testified that he was coerced into giving the statement which resulted in Vaz being charged.
Vaz was accused of offering Sergeant Llewelyn a promotion in exchange for a bribery charge against businessman, Bruce Bicknell being dropped.
Sergeant Llewelyn stunned the Corporate Area Criminal Court when he said he was forced, cajoled and compelled to give the statement that implicated Vaz.
The policeman said the actions of former Assistant Commissioner Justice Felice and DSP McKenzie made him feel pressured into giving the damning statement.
He told the Court that he was taken into custody by DSP McKenzie and relieved of his firearm.
According to Sergeant Llewelyn he was then escorted in a marked Police car by DSP McKenzie who turned on the sirens and reminded him that he was under arrest.
He says those actions alone contributed to him feeling forced to give the statement that implicated Vaz.
DSP Gary McKenzie is this afternoon denying that he acted unlawfully.
He says at all times his actions were above board.
DSP McKenzie says he’s disturbed by media reports of what Sergeant Llewelyn said in Court.