Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck, is describing the alleged loss of certain pieces of evidence in the recently concluded murder case involving St. Andrew businessman, Stephen Causewell, as corrupt.
On Monday, Causewell, was sentenced to life in prison, after being found guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Nardia Mitchell.
Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn, led the Crown’s case against him.
Speaking yesterday on Nationwide Radio, she outlined several ‘hurdles’ in the case, including what she describes as the ‘sloppy’ work of the police.
She also disclosed that important exhibits like cell phones belonging to Causewell and Mitchell — as well as clothing worn by the deceased went missing while in the custody of the police.
Mr. Chuck says this appears to be ‘straight-line corruption’.
Causwell’s murder trial ended eight years after Ms. Mitchell was killed in 2008.
Mr. Chuck says trials hampered by extended delays face greater risks of being affected by corruption.
The Justice Minister says there are more instances of corruption in cases like these that aren’t revealed.