Mahaut man sentence reduced by $350,000.00

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Mahaut man sentence reduced by $350,000.00 by: – November 11, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share 41 Views   one comment Court gavel. Image via: kirtok.comAnthony Luke had his possession of one Cannabis plant fine reduced to $100,000.00 from a previous sentence of $450, 000.00 by the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court yesterday.Luke who was arrested on six charges; cultivation of Cannabis, possession with intent to supply, possession of Cannabis and three gun related charges pleaded guilty to only possession of one Cannabis plant, an offence which maximum penalty is a fine of $100,000.00 and three years imprisonment.Magistrate Candia Carette-George charged the Appellant $450, 000.00 to be paid forthwith with a two and a half (2 ½) year sentence.Darius Jones who represented the Appellant at yesterday’s sitting of the Court of Appeal told the Court that the trial judge charged his client over three and a half times the legal fine without an examination into his means.Justice Janice Pereira agreed with Mr Jones’ point by stating that “we have nothing to say that any examination was undertaken for paying the fine furthermore the term imposed was two and a half years”.Justice Pereira therefore asked Mr Jones to assist the Court with an examination into his clients’ means with a view to arrive at a proper sentence.According to the Mr Jones, his client is a subsistence farmer who earns on average $250.00 from his weekly sales at the Roseau Market, spends in the range of $25.00 – $30.00 for transportation of his produce to the market, weekly grocery shopping in the range of $60.00 – $75.00 and has one dependent who is not his child.Attorney Clement Joseph of the Director of Public Prosecution’s Office told the appeal justices that the fine was wrong and that they did not wish to waste the Court’s time and therefore admit the error of the magistrate. Justice Pereira also agreed with Mr Joseph’s statement that the fine was wrong noting that “clearly there was an error of law in the sentencing of the Appellant”.She further stated that while the appeal will have to be allowed as what the magistrate ordered was contrary to law in terms of the sentencing, the Appellant pleaded guilty and thus the Court must impose a proper fine.In rendering the decision, Justice Pereira stated that the appeals justices had taken into consideration the guilty plea, the nature of the offenses and will impose a fine less than what was ordered by the magistrate.The appeal against sentence was therefore allowed, the sentence imposed by the magistrate quashed and the Court substitutes payment of a fine in the sum of $50, 000.00 to be paid within two months and in default Luke faces a six (6) months imprisonment term.The Court of Appeal did not impose any separate penalty for charges of simple possession, intent to supply and the ammunition charges.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Marshall may consult Lambert

first_imgAston Villa caretaker boss Scott Marshall has admitted he may consult former manager Paul Lambert ahead of his first game in charge. “He’s given me some good opportunities at Norwich and here. This is new to me. Maybe sometime in the future maybe I’ll be a better coach for it. “It’s a big job, the boss (Lambert) will tell you that. It’ll be a big challenge for somebody.” He has skipper Ron Vlaar available after a knee injury and may recall after he started the last two games on the bench. “I thought Christian looked better when he came off the bench against Hull, we had that conversation after the game and the determination is there. We’ll take it from there,” added Marshall. “We’re still a couple of days away. We’ve not really made any decisions yet. I’ve got a few ideas in my head and we’re going to pick a team to try to win the game.” Lambert was sacked on Wednesday after just two wins from 21 Barclays Premier League games left Villa third from bottom. The club are understood to favour a long-term appointment with ex-Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood the bookies’ favourite. But Marshall, who is yet to speak to chairman Randy Lerner since taking over, said he would draw on contacts for advice ahead of the fifth round tie and one could be Lambert. He said: “If I had a conversation and asked him something I’m sure he’d be a positive help. “You can only explain so much to get advice back but you try and call upon all your experiences before and try to make the best decision going forward. That’s what I’m trying to do now. “I’m pretty sure we’ll have another conversation before the game.” Marshall believes Villa need an experienced manager to help them beat the drop, effectively ruling himself out, and admitted the situation of succeeding his friend Lambert, who he also worked with at Norwich, has been tough. “I wouldn’t say comfortable. It’s not something I wanted in any shape or form, my respect for the boss is there,” he said. The first-team coach, who has temporarily replaced the sacked Lambert, is set to be in control for Sunday’s FA Cup visit of Leicester. Former Arsenal defender Marshall has never managed before and is being assisted by goalkeeping coach Andy Marshall and under-21 boss Gordon Cowans. Press Associationlast_img read more