Chris Cairns perjury trial October 13, 2015

Tuffey 'furious at Cairns non-payment', Vincent tells court

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Chris Cairns is accused of perjury © Getty Images

Two years after allegedly being part of Chris Cairns' match-fixing operation, Daryl Tuffey, his fellow New Zealand international, was so furious he had not been paid that he threatened to "f****** kill him", Lou Vincent has told Southwark Crown Court.

Vincent, a former New Zealand team-mate, was giving evidence for a second day of a trial in which Cairns has pleaded not guilty to one count of perjury and perverting the course of justice in relation to a successful 2012 libel case against Lalit Modi, the Indian businessman and cricket entrepreneur.

On the opening day, Vincent had accused Cairns of being the "orchestrator" of a match-fixing ring in India. When proceedings reopened, he said he had been "clearly used" by Cairns. "He used and abused me. Spat me up and threw me out and went running and hiding."

Asked whether he had talked to Tuffey about payment in 2008 he said there was no need. "I didn't need to, I believed Chris would look after us," he said.

Vincent said he waited two years to question Tuffey about match-fixing and that he was told that he "hadn't received a cent" from Cairns after agreeing to help fix games at Chandigarh Lions in 2008 in the now-defunct Indian Cricket League.

During his libel case, Cairns proclaimed he had "never, ever cheated at cricket". Tuffey provided a witness statement on his behalf.

Vincent questioned on Tuesday whether that would be followed up during the current trial. "Where is he today? Is he going to help Chris this time round?" he asked.

He repeatedly denied under cross-examination having invented his account of Cairns's alleged involvement in match-fixing. Repeatedly pressed by Orlando Pownall QC, for the defence, about supposed inconsistencies in statements he had given to various authorities and his failure to recall certain details, his increasingly emotional state of mind persuaded Mr Justice Sweeney to adjourn the court an hour early.

Pownall asked why Vincent had not reported Cairns as a match-fixer when he was obliged to do by the ICC. The ICL was an unsanctioned tournament, not recognised by the ICC.

"I wasn't going to report Chris Cairns: he was my captain, my coach, my mentor," Vincent said.

Pownall accused him of relating "an account that's been rehearsed over the years and isn't true," saying: "Your lies have been not only extensive, but in some cases quite clever when you've sidestepped the question." He asked Vincent if he was working as a match-fixing double agent.

Pownall also inquired into the witness's betting habits, enquiring why he had Paddy Power and BetFair gambling accounts, and why in July 2011 and May 2013 they had been used to place bets on the method of dismissal in two Test matches.

Vincent said he was not interested in gambling, and could not recall using the accounts to bet. "I can't recall something I'm not really interested in."

Vincent's first-day testimony described his history of depression after being dropped by New Zealand and his use of anti-depressants.

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