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Goodman’s trial put off to Tuesday

Guardian Senior Reporter

Published: May 16, 2013

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A day after the lawyer for a man accused of killing a missing boy accused the judge of bias, tense closed discussions occurred in the jury’s absence on Wednesday.

Justice Bernard Turner has directed the jury hearing the Kofhe Goodman murder trial to return to court on Tuesday.

Goodman, 40, is on trial for the murder of 11-year-old Marco Archer.  Prosecutors allege the murder occurred sometime between September 23 and 28, 2011.

Marco’s family last saw him alive when he left his Brougham Street home on September 23 for a neighborhood store, the court has heard.

Police found the decomposing remains of a male child, that the prosecution intends to prove is Marco, in bushes near the defendant’s home at Yorkshire Street on September 28.

The trial has been punctuated with complaints by Goodman’s lawyer, Geoffrey Farquharson, accusing the judge and the prosecution of interrupting him during his cross-examination.

Farquharson raised his voice at the judge on Tuesday after he accused the judge of “bias” by hampering his cross-examination of Constable Darren Pierre, who submitted a blood sample taken from the defendant to the forensic science lab for DNA analysis.

Turner asked Farquharson to “move on” with his line of questioning after he accused the officer of criminal conduct.

At that point, Farquharson said the judge’s “interminable interruptions” were against accepted procedure and demonstrated “signs of bias”.

Turner told Farquharson that he would interrupt him as often as necessary if he found a question irrelevant or inadmissible.

Goodman, who is on remand at Her Majesty’s Prison, has denied the murder allegation.

Garvin Gaskin, the deputy director of public prosecutions, Neil Brathwaite, the assistant director of public prosecutions, and Darell Taylor appear for the Crown.

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