DPP appeals former policeman’s prison sentence


The case of a police officer convicted of the destruction of traffic tickets will return to court next month as prosecutors seek a longer prison sentence.

The Department of Public Prosecutions has launched a Court of Appeal action against the 30-month jail term handed down to ex-policeman Kyle Wheatley in the Supreme Court.

Wheatley, 34, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defeat the ends of justice last December.

The charges involved the destruction or suppression of 63 traffic tickets between July 2017 and May 2018.

The appeal is one of several expected to be heard by the Court of Appeal in June.

Prosecutors have also launched an appeal against a Supreme Court decision to dismiss firearms charges against Tonnae Perinchief-Leader.

Ms Perinchief-Leader was accused of handling a revolver, a shotgun and 485 rounds of ammunition in July 2015.

But the allegations were dismissed by Puisne Judge Charles-Etta Simmons last October after she ruled there was insufficient evidence for a conviction.

The Court of Appeal is also expected to hear an appeal against a Supreme Court decision to order the Ministry of Telecommunications to pay Dwight Lambert $125,000 as compensation for human rights breaches.

Mr Lambert was charged with the importation of “obscene material” in 2006, but was cleared in court.

The Supreme Court later ruled his rights had been breached because he could not have known that gay porn would have been classified as “obscene” and that publicity surrounding his trial had caused humiliation and embarrassment.

The legal dispute between Gina Tucker, a teacher and education administrator, and the Board of Education is also expected to be heard at the appeal court sitting.

Dr Tucker earlier asked the Supreme Court to overturn the appointment of Kalmar Richards as Commissioner of Education.

The plaintiff argued she had not been fairly treated or properly considered for the post.

The Supreme Court ruled in favour of the Board of Education in February, but Dr Tucker lodged an appeal against the decision.

It is The Royal Gazette’s policy not to allow comments on stories regarding criminal court cases. This is to prevent any statements being published that may jeopardise the outcome of that case.

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