A 78-year-old lawer has been convicted of attempting to bribe a police officer in a case where his two clients were accused of cheating in CXC exams, over two decades ago.
Wilston Campbell was found guilty of perverting the course of justice at the end of his brief trial before Justice Devan Rampersad in the Port-of-Spain High Court yesterday.
Campbell, who was previously on bail, was remanded into custody and ordered to reappear before Rampersad on Monday for sentencing.
According to the evidence presented during the trial, Campbell was alleged to have paid the $1,500 bribe to the police officer for assisting in blocking witnesses from testifying in his clients’ case on July 18, 1995.
In his defence, Campbell contended that the police officer had solicited the bribe from him.
In 1996, Campbell appeared before the Disciplinary Committee of the Law Association charged with professional misconduct after a former client claimed that he defrauded him in 1987. The man claimed that he gave Campbell $29,500 to purchase two parcels of land in Sangre Grande and he kept the money.
Campbell appealed the decision but it was upheld by both the Court of Appeal and Privy Council. Campbell was ordered to repay the money to the man’s relatives as he died while the appeals were being determined.
In 2017, Campbell was charged with defrauding another client of $132,000. Last year, he was suspended from practising law by the Law Association.
The case was prosecuted by Krishna Jaglal.
Reporter: Derek Achong