STATEMENTS from State witnesses are soon to be filed in court as the prosecution gets set to begin the case against Constable Nicole Clement for allegedly perverting the course of public justice.
Clement had the charge of murder discontinued against her as she became the State’s main witness against six police officers charged with killing three Moruga residents.
Last month, the preliminary enquiry against the policemen came to an end with all being committed to stand trial before a judge and jury.
Yesterday, Clement’s case was called before Princes Town Magistrate Siumongal Ramsaran.
Attorney Elaine Greene said Director or Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard and senior attorney Gilbert Peterson are in the matter.
She said that it was mentioned in the past that the case will be proceeding by way of paper committal. This consists of witness statements being filed and the defence selecting those needed to give oral evidence. Greene said the prosecution team had been in contact with the defence.
Defence attorney Richard Mason, who is appearing along with senior counsel Pamela Elder, confirmed this.
He said the prosecution indicated that the documents were prepared and were “almost ready to be filed”.
The matter was adjourned to September 11.
Clement was initially charged with murder along with acting Sergeant Khemraj Sahadeo and Constables Renaldo Reviero, Glenn Singh, Roger Nicholas, Safraz Juman and Antonio Ramadin until she turned a State witness against them.
They were charged with killing Moruga residents Abigail Johnson, Allana Duncan and Kerron “Fingers” Eccles.
The three were shot at Rochard Douglas Road, Barrackpore on the night of July 22, 2011.
Since turning State witness, Clement has been staying in a safe house and has been coming to court in a tinted sports utility vehicle (SUV) and accompanied by armed police officers.