Early adjournment in morning session of Tommy Lee trial
Trial judge Justice Carolyn Tie has called an early adjournment in the morning session of the lottery scam trial for entertainer Tommy Lee Sparta and co-accused O’Brian Smith.
This after another failed attempt by the prosecution witness, Detective Corporal Campbell, to have the evidence available for the trial judge to view in court.
Last Friday, the unavailability of the evidence and device to view also caused an adjournment.
Before the start this morning, Tie asked the prosecution if the technology had been sorted out.
Attorney for the prosecution, Sophia Thomas said, “Yes your honour.”
However, at the first attempt, Campbell could not access the evidence from the courtroom.
He said, “I am unable to access the actual evidence. I’m not sure why that is but I am unable to access it.”
Thomas asked, “Any reason why you are unable to access the info from the hard drive now?”
Campbell said, “What I was doing by connecting the external hard drive to my laptop is a different process from the forensic process that I used. The forensic tools I used are able to read info from all hard drives. The process I employed in court is different.”
The detective told the court that he would have to bring his forensic equipment to court, though that has never been done.
He told the court he would have to seek permission from his superior to bring the equipment to court.
Tie was not pleased and asked that steps be taken to ensure that the evidence can be viewed.
The matter was then adjourned until 2 p.m.