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February 22, 2013
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39-y-o accused of making false report offered bail

Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer


A Hanover man, who made a false police report that another man had chased him with a gun, was offered bail by the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Thirty-nine-year-old Gene Madourie, of a Hopewell address, had previously pleaded guilty on February 15, with explanation, to attempting to pervert the course of justice as a witness in the case of Keith Turner.

Reports are that Madourie had made a report stating that Turner pointed a gun at him and chased him.

On the strength of this report, Turner was arrested and brought before the Western Regional Gun Court in Montego Bay.

However, on February 11, Madourie reportedly confessed that Turner had not in fact pointed a gun at him. He was arrested and charged for attempting to pervert the course of justice.

chased with a gun

In making bail application on Tuesday, Madourie's lawyer ,Martyn Thomas, argued that he saw no basis for the charge against his client.

"Mr Madourie had made a report that the man (Turner) had chased him with a gun, but later said it looked like a gun. At this stage, he cannot say if it was a firearm or not," Thomas told Resident Magistrate Sandria Wong-Small.

"In the circumstances, I just cannot see how this would amount to attempting to pervert the course of justice," Thomas added.

"The police statement says that he (Madourie) said there was no gun involved. It was bottles and stones. That would be an admission that he lied about there being a gun," replied RM Wong-Small.

Meanwhile, the prosecution offered no opposition to bail for Madourie, but asked that stop-orders be put in place for him at all ports, as he is currently before the Hanover Circuit Court on charges of murder and shooting with intent.

"This matter will be brought back for mention on April 4. Bail is offered to you in the sum of $200,000, with one or two sureties, and you are to report at the Sandy Bay Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. A stop-order is placed for you at all ports," RM Wong-Small told Madourie.

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