Alleged money launderer Marlon Hosea Carrington told police back in 2012 that the thousands of dollars found in his possession were not gotten through “illegal means”.
The Phillips Road, St Michael resident made the comment when he dictated a statement to police. The document was read by Sergeant Junior White, who also recorded the statement in Supreme Court No. 4 on Thursday.
Carrington is before a nine-member jury charged with engaging in a transaction involving the sum of BDS$57 000 being the proceeds of crime. Carrington pleaded not guilty before Madam Justice Laurie-Ann Smith-Bovell to the offence which is said to have occurred on December 7, 2009.
He also charged with possession of BDS$49 941 and US$36 on October 31, 2012. being the proceeds of crime
In the three-page statement he stated that he was driving along a St John road on October 31, 2012 when he was pulled over by police. A search was subsequently made of his car and the money was found in the area of the back seat.
“This was money I was saving all my life. I was intending to buy another car . . .” the statement read.
The money he said was counted in his presence and totalled BDS$49 941 and US$36 after lawmen detained him and took him to a police station.
“I did not get this money through illegal means,” he told police in the statement read by officer White.
Under cross-examination by Carrington’s attorneys Ralph Thorne Q.C. and Harlowe Broomes, the police officer said, among other things, that his role in the investigation was to get a statement from the accused.
The case against the 41-year-old, which is being prosecuted by Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Alliston Seale, will continue on Monday.