Missing evidence makes dramatic reappearance in Hamilton letterbox
17 December, 2013
The damages law suit brought by Anthony Hamilton against former client Paul di Resta took another dramatic turn, when it resumed after the weekend, as the father of Lewis Hamilton reported ‘finding’ evidence which he earlier reported had gone missing.
Early on in the trial Hamilton claimed that a box containing several mobile phones containing important evidence had gone missing during a period when building work was being carried out at his home.
But after the weekend Hamilton returned to the stand to reveal that the box containing the missing Blackberry devices had been returned, discovered in a disused letterbox near the back gates of his new mansion in Tewin, Hertfordshire.
Unimpressed Paul Downes QC, representing Di Resta, accused Hamilton of telling “lies, lies and lies” and belives that he had known the whereabouts all the time.
Downes surmised: “You knew that if you had tampered with evidence, that would be a serious criminal offence.”
To which Hamilton responded: “I have not tampered with any evidence. I have told you the truth and if you don’t like it, there is nothing I can do.”
Downes replied: “You knew you were at serious risk of criminal proceedings if you lost this case. You knew perfectly well where the BlackBerrys were and you knew where the USB stick was. You took them to Access Data because you needed to be satisfied there wasn’t a serious smoking gun on this USB stick.”
Downes added: “There were eight BlackBerrys [that went missing] but only three have been returned. So the thief has seen the press coverage and has thought they will return half of them?”
Lee Banks, a witness who took the stand on the day, in charge of installing 110 CCTV security cameras on Hamilton’s property admitted that none of the cameras were pointed at the back gate where the box containing potentially crucial evidence reappeared.
Hamilton is suing Di Resta for breach of contract and loss of earnings after he was dismissed by the Force India driver in 2012.
Di Resta gave Hamilton a lead to pursue with Go Fast energy drinks company, who indicated they wanted to pump substantial money into a deal with the Scot.
Early on in the trial Hamilton said, “It was obviously a scam. Only in fiction do drivers who have made no name for themselves get offered a €21 million deal. But I had an obligation on behalf of my client to pursue it. I was under huge pressure.”
The case continues this week with judgement expected early 2014. (GP247)
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