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Explosive legacy of Sir Peter

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A remarkable allegation about former Deputy Bailiff Vernon Tomes - sacked in 1992 - has been published in the memoirs of Sir Peter Crill .

Sir Peter says in his book that Mr Tomes was accused by the police of tipping off a friend about a drugs raid on a nephew's home.

At the time, Mr Tomes was Jersey's second most senior judge.

The memoirs of former Bailiff Sir Peter Crill are being published soon after his death.

In them he claims that the States police chief at the time had barred officers from asking Mr Tomes to sign any more search warrants because they did not trust him.

Mr Tomes died in 1999.

His family have reacted angrily to the allegations contained in the book, 'A Little Brief Authority', describing them as 'vitriolic and libellous'.

In his book Sir Peter reveals the inside story of how and why Mr Tomes was removed from office in 1992.

The book discloses that there were doubts about Mr Tomes's suitability to be Deputy Bailiff before his appointment in 1985 after a States Member swore an affidavit that he had seen photographs of a half-dressed Mr Tomes with a scantily clad woman on his knee on a football trip.

Sir Peter says that he was left with the decision as to whether to recommend him as his Deputy, and that despite his 'uneasiness' he did so.

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