The defence and prosecution in the ongoing Petrojam fraud trial wrapped up closing arguments on Thursday at the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court.

The last phase of the trial will see parish court judge, Maxine Ellis, summarising the case and delivering the verdict.

Former Petrojam chairman, Dr. Perceval Bahado-Singh, is on trial for claiming reimbursement for fraudulent overseas trips and meetings at the company.

The claim amounted to more than US $73,000 or just over JM $11 million.

Former General Manager at the state-owned oil refinery, Floyd Grindley, is accused of aiding and abetting Dr. Bahado-Singh.

Shaloy Smikle has been covering the trial.

The summation and verdict will be delivered on December 10, 2024. It’s the final leg of the trial, which initially began two years ago, in May 2022.

During closing arguments on Thursday, attorney representing Floyd Grindley, King’s Counsel KD Knight, told the court that the prosecution’s case had collapsed. 

According to KC Knight, there’s not even a shred of evidence to prove that the accused men conspired to defraud the state-owned oil company.

During her closing submissions on Monday, lead prosecutor and King’s Counsel Caroline Haye, asserted that it wasn’t necessary to catch the men red-handed to show conspiracy. 

She attempted to outline a chain of events, which she indicates shows that their common intention from the very beginning was to take money from the company.

But KC Knight questioned the rationality behind the assertion.

As he combed through the testimonies of the crown’s witnesses, KC Knight sought to assure the court that the lack of evidence to show conspiracy between the accused is enough to conclude that the crown’s case is weak.

He reiterated that there’s nothing to prove that Grindley benefited from Petrojam’s money. 

That assertion was also shared by attorney Bert Samuels, who’s representing Dr. Perceval Bahado Singh.

During his closing submissions on Monday, he told the court that there’s no evidence to show that the company suffered any economic loss or that his client benefited from the alleged fraud.

Mr. Samuels also told the court that Dr. Bahado-Singh was asked by the company to repay money for several overseas meetings and for a surprise birthday party.

All of which, the defence said, was repaid.

Both Mr. Grindley and Dr. Bahado-Singh had their bails extended.