St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Director of Public Prosecutions Valston Graham is not prepared to say at this time if he will appeal the magistrate’s sentence in the Simmonds, Percival and Williamson drug trial, however he tells WINN FM, it remains an option available to him under the law.
“I’m certainly satisfied that the verdict is a correct one. So far as the sentence is concerned, it is always within my purview as Director to look at the sentence and determine whether or not in my view the sentence is one that is unduly lenient.
“I give no undertaking that I am actually going to do that [appeal].”
Kenrick “Rico” Simmonds, Tenielle “Blaze” Percival and Antigua national Greg Williamson were on Friday (Feb 10) convicted on a number of drug charges stemming from an October 2015 drug bust at Conaree Beach.
The charges include possession of cannabis, importing cannabis, and intent to supply cannabis.
Simmonds was fined $300,000, Percival $60,000, and Williamson $30,000.
DPP Graham says there is still time for him to consider the matter before making a decision.
“I certainly would have some time to reflect on it; there is a window o time before I can consider whether or not I will opt to appeal the sentence, but that is an option that is open to me.
“If I review the sentence properly, look at other authorities and precedence, and if I am of the view that the sentence is unduly lenient then I will certainly refer it to the court of appeal.”
Dr Henry Browne QC, defense attorney for Simmonds and Percival has indicated his intention to appeal the conviction, labeling the matter as a malicious prosecution.
As it relates to the investigation, the DPP had high praise for the way the different law enforcement units carried out the operation.
“I would certainly like to commend the officers involved in the investigation. It is easy to lose sight of the fact that they acted very courageously and professionally in the face of gunfire and very dangerous situation. I have indicated as much to Commissioner of Police Queeley and I certainly will write to him to indicate my satisfaction in the way the officers conducted themselves.”