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Orson Andrews loses appeal for 2011 conviction Print E-mail
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Thursday, 02 August 2012 00:00

Orson AndrewsOn Thursday, July 26, Orson Andrews lost his appeal against his 2011 conviction. Andrews had been convicted for keeping a firearm without a gun license.

In Court, Andrews’ attorney, Anthony Sylvester, submitted that the Magistrate should have not accepted the guilty plea entered by Andrews. Sylvester also argued that there was no proof that the object found was a firearm, and that Andrews had been told by an officer to declare himself guilty under duress.

In response, Prosecutor, Kaysha Grant submitted, that once a person enters a guilty plea to any offense, there is no further need for the prosecution to prove the elements of the offense.
She also added that the magistrate was satisfied that the object was a firearm.

At the end of the submissions, Justice Denis Hanomansingh dismissed the appeal and affirmed his initial sentence. Meaning, that Andrews is to re-commence his five year prison term that had been imposed on him when convicted in 2011.

On April 16, 2011, at around 5:00 a.m., Police had found a .38 revolver at his house while they conducted a search in an apartment building located on Flamboyant Street, in the Saint Martin area.

When Andrews was arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court, he pleaded guilty and the guilty plea was accepted.

Andrews had been out on a $12,000 bail that had been granted to him when his appeal was ordered back in 2011.