Turnquest v Commissioner of Police

JurisdictionBahamas
CourtCourt of Appeal (Bahamas)
JudgeJohn, J.A.
Judgment Date04 October 2013
Neutral CitationBS 2013 CA 149
Docket NumberMCCrApp & CAIS 52 of 2013
Date04 October 2013

Court of Appeal

John, J.A.; Conteh, J.A.; Adderley, J.A.

MCCrApp & CAIS 52 of 2013

Turnquest
and
Commissioner of Police
Appearances:

Ms Christina Galanos, counsel for appellant

Mr Vernal Collie, Asst DPP, with Ms Maria Zancolla, counsel for respondent

Criminal practice and procedure - Appeal — Sentence varied — Offense of dangerous drugs.

John, J.A.
1

The appellant was convicted of the offence of dangerous drugs with intent to supply, and because of the prevalence of drugs, the magistrate imposed the minimum penalty of 4 years' imprisonment.

2

We accede to the request and vary the sentence from 4 years' imprisonment to one of 9 months' imprisonment to commence from today's date. In arriving at this sentence we have taken into consideration the 9 months the appellant spent in custody awaiting trial.

3

We do so, since according to the magistrate, the appellant played a minimum role in the entire transaction. The magistrate found that he was there merely helping the person who owned the drugs.

4

In addition, we have taken into consideration the fact that the appellant has no previous convictions, he is now age 19 and is being given the opportunity to make good with his life.

5

Dated this 4th day of October, 2013

John, J.A.

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