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Man, 47, cleared of bribery allegations.

A COVENTRY man jailed for attempting to derail a murder trial was found not guilty of plotting with his solicitor to bribe a key witness into supporting a fresh court appeal.

Conrad Jones, 47, was jailed for 12 years in 2007 after he was found to have tried to scare off a witness in the trial of five men jailed for the killing of Clinton Bailey, who was gunned down in Foleshill in 2005.

Maria Vervoort, an ex of one of the killers, Gary Higgins, said she was threatened by Jones, who she said had been offered "inducements" to stay quiet.

Miss Vervoort claimed in the murder trial she had been in a car with another of Mr Bailey's killers, Jamie Dunn, when comments were made about shooting the 36-year-old.

Jones, of Sewall Highway, and his Liverpool-based lawyer Nicholas Marray stood accused of perverting the course of justice over claims they planned to pay a backhander to a Tamworth man they thought could blow Miss Vervoort's allegations against Jones "wide open".

A jury at Birmingham crown court yesterday found both men not guilty of perverting the course of justice.

The court was played conversations recorded in Marray's bugged car of plans to obtain a statement from a man called Marc Peel. Prosecutors alleged that Marray and Jones, who served six years in jail before being released on licence, tracked down Mr Peel and "floated cash past him" to support any fresh appeal bid.

Both men denied conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

Marray was found guilty on a separate count of doing an act intending to pervert the course of justice.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 19, 2013
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