[www.inewsguyana.com] – Magistrate Annette Singh is slated to make a final decision on April 17 as to whether Samuel Hinds Jr will be sentenced or granted a retrial for the offence of unlawful wounding.
During his appearance at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, April 08, Police Prosecutor, Renetta Bentham stated that the issue is whether the guilty verdict by the previous Magistrate is a final adjudication.
Hinds Jr’s Attorney, Peter Hugh presented to the Court that his client pleaded not guilty to the offence and was convicted following a trial, therefore he cannot be tried twice for one offence.
Hinds Jr is the son of Prime Minister, Samuel Hinds; he was found guilty of unlawful wounding on February 06, by former Magistrate Geeta Chandan – Edmond, who was fired by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) on the very day that she was scheduled to sentence Hinds Jr.
It is alleged that the 33 – year – old miner of Lot 83 Duke Street, Kingston, Georgetown, wounded his teenaged sister-in-law Tenza Layne, after accusing her of stealing his phone. He is currently out on bail pending the Court’s decision.
He was scheduled to be sentenced by the former Magistrate on February 20.