Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 15th 2013 Contents The attorney repre-
senting soca artiste Rod-
ney "Benjai" LeBlanc,
who is accused of spitting
on PC Valentine East-
man, wants to be able to
on the human-trafficking
allegations against him.
lawyer Shalini Khan s
application is being resis-
ted by the prosecution
which will respond to the
Le Blanc allegedly spat in the face
of Eastman, 52, while Eastman was
placing him in a police van. The soca
artiste was arrested at an event at San
Fernando Hill on December 18, 2010.
LeBlanc pleaded not guilty to the
Eastman gave his evidence-in-chief
and was in the process of being cross-
examined when he was arrested and
charged with ten counts of human traf-
ficking last month.
Eastman, who was granted $350,000
bail on those offences, was in the San
Fernando Fifth Court when Khan made
the application before Magistrate Natalie
Khan was provided with part of the
disclosure she requested and was
advised by court prosecutor Sgt Marlon
Bruce to make a formal application
through the Commissioner of Police
for the other documents.
Citing the Evidence (Amendment)
Act 2009 No 16, Section
15 (1) B, Khan said: "Evi-
dence of bad character in
the context of the amend-
ed act relates not only to
prior convictions but is
really evidence of any
alleged misconduct or any
other reprehensible behav-
Pointing to the ten
counts of trafficking
offences against Eastman,
she said: "It is my request
to elicit evidence which
would be put on record of these pending
matters, as it would directly affect the
issue of credibility, which I submit is
the major issue in this matter."
Resisting the request, Sgt Bruce said
the matter involving LeBlanc took place
years before Eastman was charged.
However, he asked for a day to con-
sult his legal department to respond to
Khan countered that the application
was "not trial by ambush," and the
prosecutor ought to have known that
she was making the application, based
on the type of disclosure she requested,
a month ago.
"It s a waste of the court s time,
judicial time and my time," she argued.
However, the magistrate said the
prosecutor s request was not unrea-
sonable and adjourned the matter to
today at 1 pm.
The matter will also continue tomor-
row and May 23. (SW)
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Police Constable Valentine
Eastman is to be slapped with
three new human trafficking
When Eastman, 52, re-appeared
in the San Fernando Magistrates
Court on Monday to answer ten
similar charges, his lawyer Subhas
Panday said he had information
that there were three new charges
against his client.
Panday asked Deputy Chief
Magistrate Mark Wellington to read
the charges to his client.
Wellington said the charges
could not be read since the infor-
mation was not properly prepared.
"He is not properly before the
court," Wellington said, adding
that there was no warrant or sum-
mons attached to the proceedings.
In that case, Panday said it
would be unfair to remand East-
man in custody until that was sort-
Adjourning the matter to June
13, the magistrate ordered the
police to serve Eastman with a
summons to appear in court on
the new charges and at that time
the fresh charges would be read
Last month Eastman, who has
25 years service and was last
assigned to the Mon Repos Police
Station, was charged with ten
human trafficking offences against
three Colombian women. He was
granted $350,000 bail.
The charges alleged that he
transported the women to Vista-
bella for the purpose of exploiting
them for prostitution and receiving
the women into the country or
transporting or harbouring them
for the purpose of exploitation.
He was charged after the Anti-
Human Trafficking Unit launched
an investigation into allegations
made by the women.
Eastman, of St Julien Village,
Princes Town, is the first person
in T&T to be charged under the
Trafficking in Persons Act of 2011.
Playing the sitar,
Patasar, joins the
band Jewels of
Nature to entertain
ceremony of the
16th meeting of the
Council for Foreign
2013) at the Hilton
Cop faces more human-trafficking charges
Benjai's lawyer wants
to quiz charged PC
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