(CMR) Cayman Marl Road's content manager, Sandra Hill, appeared before Magistrate Kirsty-Ann Gunn Tuesday morning to answer to a bribery allegation. The moment was full of drama as her attorney, Amelia Fosuhene, requested that the prosecution have the decency to at least prepare a proper set of legal documents for the defense.
Hill is being accused of bribery and perverting the course of justice in relation to a civil defamation lawsuit she ultimately won. John Felder, the complainant, claims that a without-prejudice email sent to his lawyers in August 2021 in an attempt to settle proceedings between the parties was an attempt to bribe him.
The entire prosecution case appears to be a statement from now disgraced John Felder dated October 2021. At that time, his attorneys would have no doubt informed him that Hll hired Broadhurst attorney-at-law to represent her, and they had found that his attorneys failed to procedural handle the case correctly.
Fosuhene was shocked at the “flimsy” nature of the prosecution document bundle handed to her and wasted no time in informing the court of her utter shock and dismay at it. She noted that their case is essentially a simple statement from John Felder that was so basic that she was able to read it in about 15 seconds whilst standing in court.
She expressed the view that if the DPP's office intends to drag people to court for very serious allegations, they should, at the very minimum, come prepared with the respective document. She opined that based on what she was handed, this case was ripe for a dismissal application.
The magistrate noted her concerns and indicated because bribery is a Category A offense, the matter would be sent to the Grand Court. The next hearing is scheduled for April 14.
Speaking exclusively to CMR, Hill shared her concerns about the police and DPP continuing to pursue cases with little to no merit against her. She shared:
“Quite frankly, I am not surprised that even on the face of it, this case has no merit to it. Countless attorneys have contacted me, sharing their concerns about the implication that someone trying to settle a civil matter on the advice of the court could be accused of bribery. It seems pretty absurd but it only adds fuel to my position that someone continues to have an axe to grind with me.”
Both CNS and Compass were in attendance to cover the story, and Frank McField also attended a day after he invited Felder to speak negatively on his live podcast, where he referred to Hill as a “black bullfrog mouth.”
Hill remains confident of yet another successful win against the DPP's office and has noted that she is now contemplating a more serious legal response to their malicious prosecution against her.