The lawyer representing dancehall producer Linval Thompson Jr. otherwise known as “Shabdon” is insisting that his client did not attempt to bribe a lawman moments after being granted bail on an illegal firearm charge in the Gun Court. According to the police, Shabdon offered over one million JMD to make the gun disappear.
In an interview with the Weekend Star, attorney Donahue Martin outlined that, “We don’t know anything about it. That conversation did not take place. It is vehemently denied.”
Shabdon was rearrested shortly after being granted bail of 250, 000, he was charged then for breach of the Corruption Prevention Act, which speaks to “offers to a public servant any money, articles or gifts for them to commit any act or omission”.
On the heels of this latest charge, Martin pledged to vigorously defend his client and detailed that, “We are prepared to defend ourselves, and I say ‘we’. I made a bail application and my client was offered bail. It was hotly contested,” he went on to outline that the latest charge of bribery is just “Odd”.
While lawyer Martin was outspoken on the latest charge, he was reluctant to talk on the illegal firearm charge, explaining that it is not “appropriate” to make comments on them because it’s an “in-camera matter” and he doesn’t comment on such as matters being a “professional” counsel.
Shabdon along with his co-accused were first arrested on October 24th, the two men were reportedly travelling in a vehicle in Old Harbour, St. Catherine that was searched and the weapon found. With regards to the gun in question, the JCF disclosed that it was stolen from a United States Police Department located in Atlanta back in 2018.
The popular producer who is from Montego Bay is well known for his works with dancehall entertainers such as Vybz Kartel, Squash, Chronic Law and Teejay and many others.