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Dave McLuckie Trial: Day Two
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Day two of the trial has now concluded and will continue tomorrow.
Mr McLuckie has finished giving his evidence in his trial for witness intimidation at Newcastle Crown Court.— @graemeecho 19 December 2013
He denies ever calling himself the 'Sheriff' as Mr Blyth claimed and said he heard the claim for the first time yesterday in court.— @graemeecho 19 December 2013
He said: "Peter was a friend of mine, had been for a long time, I had absolutely no desire or wish to intimidate him. Therefore I didn't."— @graemeecho 19 December 2013
Mr McLuckie says he never went to see Mr Blyth about Operation Sacristy, his only thoughts were on the perverting the course of justice case— @graemeecho 19 December 2013
He said: "I had absolutely no thoughts about that at all. It never entered my head."— @graemeecho 19 December 2013
Asked if he went to see Mr Blyth to speak about Operation Sacristy, the defendant categorically denied the claim.— @graemeecho 19 December 2013
Under cross examination from Nick Dry, prosecuting, Mr McLuckie tells the jury he had no idea Mr Blyth had spoken to detectives.— @graemeecho 19 December 2013
He said he felt sorry Mr Blyth that he had been dragged into the police investigation but says he had gone there to get information from him.
Mr McLuckie denies making any threats to Mr Blyth and maintains he only went to see him as a friend and not to intimidate him.
Mr McLuckie denies threatening to report Mr Blyth to the authorities in connection with the illegal taxi business.
On his second visit to the home of Mr Blyth he says he took a document as 'proof' Mrs Ward had told the police about his illegal taxi.
He asked his solicitor if that was ok and was told that it wouldn't be a problem.
He said he wanted to use the document to try and get information from Mr Blyth that would help his case.
In the papers was a statement from Nancy Ward saying Mr Blyth was operating as an unlicensed taxi driver and thought he should let him know.
After his first visit he received unused documents from his up coming perverting the course of justice trial.
He says he called at Mr Blyth's home on a 'whim' when he was passing to let his friend know, so he was aware of the risks he was taking.
After learning his friend could have been implicated in a police investigation for operating an illegal taxi, he thought he should tell him.
He says his relationship with Mr Blyth was good in early 2013 and had no idea he had spoken to detectives from Operation Sacristy.
He says he often gave him advice and support as a friend over a number of years.
He says he had known Peter Blyth, the alleged intimidation victim, for 18-19yrs and got to know him better when he set up his taxi business.
He says he was never told who'd been interviewed or given a statement to detectives from Operation Sacristy during the investigation.
He says he was arrested in Autumn 2012 and charged with perverting the course of justice.
He tells the jury that he has not been charged with anything in connection with Operation Sacristy and hasn't been interviewed since Nov 11.
He tells the jury he stood down as chairman of Cleveland Police Authority when the Operation Sacristy investigation was launched in 2011.
Mr McLuckie is now in the witness box to give evidence in his trial.
The prosecution's case of witness intimidation against the former Cleveland Police Authority Chairman Dave McLuckie has finished.— @graemeecho 19 December 2013
She confirms that the allegation was made by Nancy Ward and not the alleged victim, Peter Blyth.— @graemeecho 19 December 2013
Under cross examination, the detective confirmed Mr McLuckie had not been interviewed in relation to Operation Sacristy since Nov 2011.— @graemeecho 19 December 2013
He said he didn't intimidate Mr Blyth as he didn't know that he was a witness for the Operation Sacristy investigation.— @graemeecho 19 December 2013
Mr McLuckie said he didn't know Mr Blyth had given a statement to Operation Sacristy detectives until he was leaving after his second visit.— @graemeecho 19 December 2013
He did accept he offered Mr Blyth advice that he didn't have to give a statement to police but never told him not to give one.— @graemeecho 19 December 2013
He denied telling Mr Blyth that he should have told police to p*** off when they asked for a statement as part of Operation Sacristy.— @graemeecho 19 December 2013
Mr McLuckie denied being nasty or aggressive when he went to see his friend Mr Blyth and says he didn't have a grudge against him.— @graemeecho 19 December 2013
He told detectives that it's pretty clear that he never asked him to do anything else - it was purely a selfless act to warn a friend.— @graemeecho 19 December 2013
Mr McLuckie said he just went to see Mr Blyth as a friend as he had done a lot to help him over the years.— @graemeecho 19 December 2013
Earlier, the jury had heard that Mr McLuckie had been convicted of the offence at Newcastle Crown Court.— @graemeecho 19 December 2013
He said he only spoke to him in an attempt to find out information to help his defence during the trial which took place in the summer.— @graemeecho 19 December 2013
He told the detectives that he just wanted to know information about the up coming perverting the course of justice trial he was facing.— @graemeecho 19 December 2013
He said he didn't know Mr Blyth had spoken to detectives from corruption investigation Operation Sacristy when he went to his home in March.— @graemeecho 19 December 2013
He told them that he was warning Mr Blyth that Nancy Ward had named him in evidence as an unlicensed taxi driver.— @graemeecho 19 December 2013
He told detectives that he went to Mr Blyth's home to talk about unused evidence from his up coming perverting the course of justice trial.— @graemeecho 19 December 2013
During police interview Mr McLuckie says he had known Peter Blyth, the alleged victim, for a long time and regarded him as a friend.— @graemeecho 19 December 2013
First witness of the day is DC Samantha Davis who was in the police interview with the defendant after he was arrested in March this year.— @graemeecho 19 December 2013
The trial of former Cleveland Police Authority Chairman Dave McLuckie has resumed at Newcastle Crown Court.— @graemeecho 19 December 2013