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International honour for prosecutor Mahoney

Prosecutor Carrington Mahoney has won a prestigious international honour, beating competition from thousands of professional colleagues around the world.The Royal Gazette: “I have direct experience of working with Mr Mahoney as a prosecutor, since I have prosecuted with him in court several cases, including cases of murder, of attempted murder and of grievous bodily harm with intent.

Mr Mahoney, the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions (Administration), was one of 13 prosecutors to receive an International Association of Prosecutors Prosecutor of the Year award.

He has secured a number of high-profile convictions since beginning work with Bermuda’s Department of Public Prosecutions in February, 2005. So far this year, he has won the convictions of Kevin Warner for shooting Dekimo Martin, Antonio Myers for shooting Kumi Harford and Jermaine Pearman for stabbing his estranged girlfriend Shakeya DeRoza to death.

Mr Mahoney previously worked as Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions in Jamaica.

Heralding the award, a Government press release said: “This award reflects the outstanding performance of Mr Mahoney and the high standing of the Bermuda Department of Public Prosecutions in international prosecuting circles.”

It added: “Candidates for Prosecutor of the Year were proposed from a number of international jurisdictions, large and small. An awards panel of senior international prosecutors selected from members of the IAP Executive Committee assessed the nominations and made a small number of awards to the best qualified nominees, who are all prosecutors working on cases in court. The Department of Public Prosecutions extends its heartfelt congratulations to Mr Mahoney.”

Director of Public Prosecutions Rory Field told

“He has always been determined, hard working and dynamic in approach. Accordingly, I proposed him to the IAP for this award. I knew there would be considerable international competition because the award is both an honour to the awardee and to the department working to support the awardee; prosecution by its nature being a collaborative effort defined by teamwork. I am delighted by this international recognition of Mr Mahoney and of the associated honour given to the Bermuda Department of Public Prosecutions.”

Mr Mahoney said: “All the praise belongs to God who has blessed this department with hardworking people who value the importance of team work and a commitment to be fair and fearless in the public interest.

“The award is really recognition of the dedicated service of the members of the Department of Public Prosecutions and the quality of work of the Bermuda Police Service.”

The International Association of Prosecutors [IAP] is the only worldwide organisation representing prosecutors. It has 130 organisational members from over 90 countries, representing over 200,000 prosecutors worldwide, as well as many personal members.

The IAP Prosecutor of the Year Award was handed out for the first time this year. According to the association’s website, their aim is “to recognise and encourage those who have shown outstanding performance domestically and internationally in the fight against crime including corruption, cyber crimes, drug-related crimes and organised crimes.”

Photo supplied Top honour: Carrington Mahoney (left), Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, is presented with the International Association of Prosecutors Award of Prosecutor of the Year 2011 by Director of Public Prosecutions Rory Field.

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Published August 11, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 11, 2011 at 9:40 am)

International honour for prosecutor Mahoney

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