Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) judge Jacob Wit has admitted he asked his former driver to sell tickets for a Carnival show, but they were pre-bought tickets and not the complimentary ones given to him by the National Carnival Commission (NCC).
The Express reported on Monday that a judge’s former driver—Garth Jerry—stated in his report to then-CCJ facilities and assets manager Vaughn Halliday that a judge and his wife were in receipt of four complimentary tickets for a Carnival Friday show and he (Jerry) was asked to sell the two extra tickets but refused to do so as he felt it was embarrassing.
The Express further reported that, following this incident the judge, was given an additional monthly allowance of US$1,226.33 retroactively to privately hire a driver of his choosing.
The Express did not name the judge but the CCJ issued a release yesterday naming Wit as the judge in question and indicated that he (Wit) did not ask his former driver to sell the complimentary tickets but had in fact asked him to sell tickets that were already bought for the show.
The release stated that following the Express report, Wit wrote a note to CCJ president Sir Dennis Byron stating that, as far as he could remember, his wife had purchased tickets for a Carnival show, and when he (Wit) subsequently received complimentary tickets for the show, his wife first asked an official at the show if the tickets she had bought could be sold.
“The judge says his wife subsequently asked their driver, an employee of the CCJ, if he could sell the tickets. The judge says the driver came to him and told him of the request of his wife to sell the tickets. The judge, in his note to Sir Dennis, stated the driver told him he felt embarrassed to be selling the tickets,” stated the release.
“I told him I understood, and that was the end of it. Or so it seemed,” the release added.
The CCJ stated further Wit also recalled to the CCJ president that the release of Jerry from his duties had nothing to do with his refusal to sell the tickets.
“There is no relation whatsoever between the alleged incident and his being released as my driver, As stated, I was totally unaware of his or any other report on this issue,” states the note from the judge.
The release stated that Wit noted the release of Jerry occurred in 2013, at lease one to two years after the “incident” with the tickets had taken place.
“The judge says his relationship with the particular driver has always been “cordial, even after he stopped being my driver, and he has never spoken to me about the incident,” stated the release.
It added that Wit noted, too, that more than once he has intervened on behalf of the said driver in situations at work.
“So I am at a loss why this misinformation and these falsehoods are now being spread,” stated Wit in his note to Sir Dennis.