Senior Crown Counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Howard Pinnock is seeking to have a paper committal in the charges brought against suspended Technical Director of the Grenada Football Association (GFA), Lester Smith of Tempe, St. George’s, and Basketball Coach, Nigel “German” McKie of the Carenage.
Both Smith and McKie are jointly facing five counts of conspiracy to utter a forged document.
Additionally, Smith, 46, who is being represented by Attorney-at-Law, Peter David has ten counts of forgery laid on him, while the 56-year McKie who has retained the services of Francis Paul has another two counts of conspiracy.
During their appearance at the St. George’s No.1 Magistrate’s Court on Monday, Pinnock informed Chief Magistrate, Her Honour Tamara Gill that he is currently in discussion with the defense lawyers about the need to proceed with the matters by way of paper committal.
Pinnock is contending that paper committal saves the time of the court.
However, the court was told that Paul had not yet had the opportunity to review the statements taken from the witnesses.
In light of the circumstances, Magistrate Gill instructed all of the six prosecution witnesses including GFA General Secretary, Malaika Church who were present to provide Pinnock with their contact information as they may not have to return to court at the next court date of April 25th.
The presiding Magistrate informed the witnesses who are all women that the Prosecution and defense are in discussion over the way to proceed with the case.
She explained to them that once both parties agree to go the route of paper committal then the evidence they provided to the police will be compiled for the high court, but if the matter has to go into a Preliminary Inquiry they will be needed to return to court to give evidence.
The charges against the two sportsmen are in connection with a visa scam believed to have started sometime in 1991 for which a number of persons were allegedly charged a fee to assist them to gain entry into the United States.
Both Smith and McKie are currently on bail in the sum of $50,000 each.