Nassau, Bahamas — Things were not ‘pleasant’ on Bank Lane today with claims from the witness box that former senator Pleasant Bridgewater BURNED KEY EVIDENCE REGARDING JETT TRAVOLTA at her house. She and Tarino Lightbourne are accused of plotting to extort $25 million from John Travolta in the aftermath of his only son’s death. Det. Sgt. Deborah Thompson took the stand today and made some stunning claims. Thompson, it appears, has been really close to the case as an observer during the McDermott recordings, Bridgewater’s arrest and even travelling to Ocala, Florida to meet with John Travolta himself. BP readers, this is what we call some real Pulp Fiction.
Thompson testified that she was one of the officers monitoring McDermott and Tarino Lightbourne during the now infamous 328 Tapes from their meeting at the Sheraton Hotel. She said she went to the lobby for a moment and on her way back to the room she actually saw the two men walking together.
“I saw him [Lightbourne] again on Friday the 23rd of January at about 2.24pm when I was at Central Police Station in Grand Bahama when he came in with Council [Carlson] Shurland,” recalled Thompson. She said that she was told that he was a suspect in the alleged extortion plot of Mr. John Travolta and she found him out to be Mr. Tarino Lightbourne.
Now here’s where it gets hot regarding Bridgewater. Thompson testified that on Thursday 22nd of January, she and two other officers travelled to Freeport and arrested Bridgewater. She was arrested and taken to Central (in Grand Bahama) and booked. At around 5pm they left Central and showed her a search warrant.
“We arrived at Bridgewater & Co where we conducted a search of her office,” said Thompson. “She stated that what we were looking for was not there. She said she only a copy. She told us that after SHE NOTICED THE INCIDENT WAS ABOUT TO EXPLODE, SHE BURNED IT AND THEN FLUSHED THE SAME.”
The cops took Bridgewater to her house and showed her another search warrant. Upon arrival, Thompson said Bridgewater took them to the front area and pointed to a white candle in a glass. Thompson said she also found Western Air ticket and stub dated the 19th of January. These items along with Bridgwater’s computer was seized.
On Friday, 23rd of January, 09 at about 10:50am, Thompson was a witness when Bridgewater allegedly avoided questions during her police recording and written interview which was done in the presence of Carlson Shurland and another officer.
“She declined to answer most questions on the advice of her attorney,” said Thompson. Bridgewater allegedly denied making any demands. Thompson also claimed that she said “I do not wish to answer that question,” when asked if she, as an officer of the court reported on a crime that was about to happen or if she as a senator at anytime reported what she knew to the police instead of “facilitating an offence”.
Thompson added that the information they were acting on was received from McDermott and evidence from the tapes provided by McDermott, Allyson Maynard-Gibson and Obie Wilchcombe. She also said that McDermott was working along with the police.
She also claimed that Travolta, Gibson and McDermott made a report to the police.
“Travolta made the report on the 19th to the police,” she said. “We received a fax affidavit. We do answer reports in that form.”
Travolta seems to have such star power that Thompson and another officer actually flew to Ocala, Florida to get his statement instead of him coming to them in the flesh. The thing is, this happened on the 23rd of February. We at Bahamas Press might be a little bit opinionated once in a while, but we got sense enough to know that if Bridgewater was arrested in January, then this means that she was charged BEFORE Travolta made a statement.
Well, she’s got to face Shurland this afternoon so look forward to a followup as we wrap up week three of the Travolta Trial. What’s your view on this one?