Lawyer wants Goodman’s probation report tossed
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: Oct 19, 2013
The lawyer for convicted murderer Kofhe Goodman yesterday asked the court to throw out a probation report on the basis that it is "tainted by corruption from beginning to end".
Goodman, 38, was convicted two months ago of the murder of 11-year-old Marco Archer.
Goodman’s lawyer, Geoffrey Farquharson, told Justice Bernard Turner that the report represents a perversion of justice and should not be considered by the court.
He said the report contains conversations between Marco's family and the probation officer who compiled the report.
Farquharson argued that the inclusion of the family’s input in the report is "corrupt interference of the law".
Farquharson asked the court to launch an inquiry to determine how the family got mixed up in the report.
"On the face of it, that is criminal corruption," Farquharson said.
He added that the probation officer ought to be called before the court to indicate whether she approached Marco's family for comment or if she was approached.
He said the probation officer is one of the most capable people in the Department of Welfare Services and should know not to include any conversation she had with the family in the report.
Farquharson said the report has comments from the boy’s relatives calling for Goodman to be sentenced to death.
Farquharson said if the court fails to act on the matter, he would take the matter to the commissioner of police.
Justice Turner said he would consider the matter and make a determination on Monday.
Goodman was found guilty of murdering Marco between September 23 and September 28 of 2011. The boy was last seen alive when he left his Brougham Street home on September 23.
His decomposing body was found in bushes near Goodman’s home on West Bay Street.
Goodman's sentencing was put off yesterday. Both the prosecution and the defense received copies of the psychiatric report in court yesterday.
Turner has scheduled sentencing for October 21. Goodman has been remanded to prison.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Goodman.