Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Former murder accused wins additional $60 000 in compensation


Share post:

The State has been ordered to pay a man acquitted of murder an additional $60 000 for breaching his constitutional rights.

The payout ordered by Justice Cecil McCarthy on Wednesday, came a little over a month after Justice Shona Griffith awarded Pedro Deroy Ellis $75 000 for the 18 days he was detained even after being acquitted of murder.

Justice McCarthy also moved to ensure Ellis does not face trial for the murder of Antonio Harewood on May 5, 2013.

“Even though I have no official information from the DPP’s office, I can only assume he will not be re-tried in relation to any matter,” the judge said.

“In any event, out of an abundance of caution, I have made an order that (Ellis) should not be tried for any offence arising out of the facts that have resulted in his acquittal of the charge of murder, so that he can’t be tried for anything arising out of that.”

Just under two weeks ago, Justice McCarthy ruled that the former murder accused’s right to a fair hearing within a reasonable time, as well as his right to bail had been breached.

The quantum of the compensation however, was only handed down on Wednesday.

During his ruling, the judge expressed concern that the justice system was under-resourced and needed to be boosted to prevent matters similar to Ellis.

Justice McCarthy added that the lack of resources to deal with the backlog of cases was having a detrimental effect on the system.

The judge further commended Ellis’ lead attorney, Queen’s Counsel Larry Smith, who represented him throughout his cases along with Jamila Smith for the tenacity with which he was pursuing these cases.

He said it will “redound to the jurisprudence as well as the efficiency with which these matters are dealt with by the judicial system”.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related articles

Usain Bolt named ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 Ambassador

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The International Cricket Council (ICC) have announced Olympic legend Usain Bolt as an ambassador...

Missing teen traced

Donisha Keanna Thomas,14, of Alexandria, St. Lucy, who wasreported missing on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, has been traced...

Russian deputy defence minister Timur Ivanov accused of taking bribes

A Russian deputy defence minister has been accused of taking bribes and remanded in custody by a court...

Chief Magistrate a stickler for use of proper English

Chief Magistrate Ian Weekes is not impressed by parents who give their children choices from young and who...