Supreme Court orders Chief Magistrate to present full file

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Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh has a month to present the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) with the certificate of the record of proceedings in the larceny conviction of Anthony Browne.
The documents were filed in December 2015; however, the file was seemingly incomplete since a police statement by former businessman and owner of Timeless Treasures, Dante Tagliavente about
a piece of pawned jewellery he received from the appellant, did not form part of the
documents that were tendered in the Magistrates’ Court.
“If this was done, the Chief Magistrate shall produce a copy of such statement to the Registrar of the Court. This shall be produced by the Chief Magistrate within 28 days. Hearing of the appeal is adjourned to the next sitting of the Court of Appeal in the state of Antigua and Barbuda during the week of May 29,” the justices ruled.
Browne is contesting his conviction on several bases, to include the discrepancy of the 18 carat gold bracelet, as listed on the insurance certificate, versus the 24-carat the virtual complainant claimed that her jewellery was.
A copy of the order is to be served on the Chief Magistrate by Chief Registrar, Cecile Hill.
Meanwhile, James Pelle had his appeal thrown out for want of prosecution as he failed to show interest in the case and did not turn up for his appeal date.
Pelle appealed against his conviction in the Magistrates’ Court for malicious damage. He took action against the Commissioner of Police, but the panel of justices learnt that when the appellant was served notice to appear in court, he informed the officers he had no intentions of turning up since he already paid his court imposed fine.
The justices threw out his appeal and confirmed the conviction and sentence.

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