Calderon, Dill and Dublin
Calderon, Dill and Dublin
A man accused of ­conspiring to possess guns and ammunition and smuggle drugs yesterday accused police of assaulting him during an interview.

Kershun Kenneth Dublin, 25, is one of three men standing trial on the charges in the Supreme Court.

He was arrested two months after his co-defendants and allegedly struggled with narcotics officers during a raid on his home.

Yesterday, Mr. Dublin's lawyer, Charles Richardson, repeatedly made allegations of assault as he questioned two police witnesses.

Mr. Dublin, of North Shore Road, Justin Calderon, 25, of Mission Lane, and Arthur George Van Lowe Dill, 45, of ­Orchard Grove, all Pembroke, are charged with conspiring together - and with others not before the court - to possess four handguns and 170 rounds of ammunition and import $25,000 worth of cannabis.

The plan is said to have been devised between an unknown date and May 9 last year in Bermuda and elsewhere.

The prosecution says the contraband was hidden in legs welded onto a metal toolbox flown into Bermuda from Florida in April.

Detectives recovered a picture of the man said to have sent the box from the U.S. but the judge told the jury to ignore this evidence because it is hearsay.

Investigators removed the illegal articles before putting the toolbox back in circulation with DHL couriers to see who collected it.

Mr. Calderon and Mr. Dill were arrested shortly after picking up the box and dropping it off behind St. Monica's Mission.

It was found hidden under a mattress cover in a shed on Mr. Calderon's property.

During cross-examination, Mr. Richardson yesterday quizzed customs officer Roderick Masters about two interviews with his client.

Mr. Masters agreed that he was aware that Mr. Dublin was suffering an ear injury at the time but didn't know its extent.

Mr. Richardson asked: "Were you also aware that it was the result of a ringing slap given by your colleague Shannon Swan?"

"I was not aware," the witness replied.

Mr. Richardson asked: "Were you aware that Mr. Swan hit Mr. Dublin when he was arrested?"

Mr. Masters said: "I was not aware. I wasn't present."

But he agreed that Mr. Dublin complained that his ear was ringing louder and louder just after the start of the first interview.

He also acknowledged that it was clear the interview couldn't continue.

A second interview the next day was cancelled early on for similar reasons.

Mr. Masters said: "His lawyer had concerns as well."

Mr. Richardson said: "You didn't object because you wanted him to be in a sound and clear mind."

"That's correct," the witness responded.

Mr. Masters could not remember Mr. Dublin vomiting during the interview but agreed that an entry in the jailer's log indicated that the officers had reported it.

Mr. Richardson then questioned DC Walter Jackson about the alleged assault.

He asked: "Were you in the room when Mr. Dublin was arrested?"

"No," the officer replied.

"Are you aware if any of your colleagues hit or struck Mr. Dublin?" the lawyer continued.

The witness said: "I was aware a struggle had taken place at the time of Mr. Dublin's arrest."

He described hearing a shout from outside Mr. Dublin's home during the arrest operation.

DC Jackson testified to going to the garage area and seeing the defendant and DC Shannon Swan.

"What was happening?" asked the lawyer.

DC Jackson said: "When I went into the room Mr. Swan was manhandling. He was holding Mr. Dublin."

When Mr. Richardson repeated the word "manhandling", Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves said: "Mr. Swan is a man and he was handling Mr. Dublin?"

"Yes," DC Jackson ­answered.

"Is that the interpretation you meant to put on what you said?" the barrister asked.

"Yes," the witness replied.

The trial is due to resume on Monday after a day's break because of other commitments by lawyers in the case.