That was the advice of defence counsel Grant Connell to “certain people”, who he said had called him after he complained about Commissioner of Police Renold Hadaway displaying exhibits of a criminal case at a press conference in January.
Connell made the comments as he made a no case submission on Monday in the trial of Lowmans Bay couple, Randy Shallow and Freikesha Douglas, who have been charged with possession of three firearms, including a submachine gun, and several rounds of ammunition.
“… when those who encourage others in the path to justice that certain things are right, I get very concerned. Very concerned,” Connell said in his no case submission before Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias at the Serious Offences Court.
“And this is a manifestation of it,” he said during the submission in which he said the evidence was contaminated that the exhibits before the court were not the ones on display at the police press conference or that were allegedly seized during a raid at the couple’s home.
“Let those within the court deal with what’s in the court. Let the police do their job properly. They have a duty to the state. If you have a country to run, run the country, stay out the court,” Connell said and asked that the case be dismissed.
The magistrate rejected the no case submission.
The defence is expected to call its first witness when the trial resumes on April 24.