Criminal trial into alleged sexual misconduct by the former head of the Royal Grenada Police Force Welfare Department has reached another stalemate and had to be aborted for the second time in five months.
According to information reaching the Grenada Informer, High Court Judge Shiraz Aziz presiding at the number one Supreme Court last week was forced to abort proceedings midway through the trial of Police Corporal Lennard Benjamin on grounds that the court could not provide defense lawyer Anselm Clouden with transcripts from the previous sitting that was deemed relevant to testing the veracity of one of the state witnesses in the matter.
In June of this year a similar decision was taken, when the court recording system failed, forcing the judge to abort the trial.
Speaking to the Grenada Informer on Tuesday, as it related to the effect/s if any the present situation could have on the trial going forward, defense counsel Clouden said given the present situation the court might never be able to avail itself of the accurate transcripts of the proceedings. In any event, he noted, regardless to the outcome, the defense he said might be moving to make a special application, what exactly that means, was not disclosed and is therefore anyone’s guess.
As it stands, the matter involving Corporal Benjamin has been adjourned to a date to be announced. In the mean time the officer remains confined within the walls at Her Majesty’s Prison waiting a new trial date. The issue of bail was raised given that the corporal who was previously placed on bail had had that privilege revoked after allegedly violating the bail conditions. Clouden said the defense would also be moving to make a certain application to the court in this regard.
Benjamin who resides in the village of River Road in St. George’s was arrested in August of 2014 and subsequently slapped with five counts of sexual misconduct, among them indecent assault and incest
The officer who was once a leading figure in the Police Welfare Department was accused of sexually molesting his seventeen-year old daughter.
Information reaching the Grenada Informer at the time revealed that the officer was allegedly caught by his wife who had left earlier that day on business but returned home moments after realizing that she had forgotten her mobile phone.
If convicted on all charges Benjamin can be sent to jail for well over twenty years.