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Director of Public Prosecutions Larry Mussenden (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

Larry Mussenden will become a Supreme Court judge “as soon as his current responsibilities” as the Director of Public Prosecutions allow, the Governor said.

John Rankin told The Royal Gazette: “An announcement of his successor as Director of Public Prosecutions will be made at the appropriate time.”

Mr Rankin announced that Mr Mussenden had been appointed a Puisne Judge in March 2019.

The Governor said then that the DPP would take up his new post in July 2019 upon the retirement of Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves.

But more than a year later, Mr Mussenden is still Director of Public Prosecutions and a successor has not been named, though the job was advertised last year.

Mr Mussenden said in February this year that his department needed more administrative staff to handle an influx of financial crime and other criminal cases.

He added that the DPP hoped to find specialists that dealt with “vulnerable person cases”.

Mr Rankin declined to comment further when asked why Mr Mussenden had yet to take up the judicial appointment and whether a successor for him at the Department of Public Prosecutions had been found.

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Published October 17, 2020 at 7:00 am (Updated October 16, 2020 at 6:54 pm)

Governor yet to name DPP successor

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