Court: Man Sentenced To 9 Years In Prison

August 6, 2018

Following the Crown’s appeal against the sentence for “being manifestly inadequate,” the six year sentence handed to Dwayne Watson was “set aside and substituted by a sentence of nine years’ imprisonment.”

The ruling said, “On 15 December 2017, the Respondent [Watson] was convicted on his plea of guilty to possession with intent to supply 1090.96 grams of cocaine.”

“On the 24 January 2018, he was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment for the offence. The Crown now seeks leave, pursuant to section 17A of the Court of Appeal Act 1964, to appeal against the sentence on the ground that it is manifestly inadequate.

“On Friday, 1 September, 2017, the Respondent arrived at L. F. Wade International Airport, Bermuda from Jamaica via New York, on a commercial airline.

“The suitcase was handed over to the Organized and Economic Crime Department who conveyed it to the Forensic Laboratory where it was further examined. During the process, eleven packages of various sizes were removed from inside the handle frame, the base board and the four corners of the suitcase.

“When weighed and analysed the contents of the 11 packages amounted to the aforementioned 1090.96 grams. 9. Later, for the purposes of the court proceedings, an experienced drugs investigation officer of the BPS estimated a maximum street value of BMD$200,634 for the 1090.96 grams of cocaine and this value was presented to and accepted by the court without demur from the defence.”

In noting the court’s ruling, the document said the “sentence of six years’ imprisonment is set aside and substituted by a sentence of nine years’ imprisonment.”

The full judgement follows below [PDF here]:

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