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Andre Penn’s matter put off again!

Former legislator, Mr Andre A. Penn will have his matter that is currently engaging the criminal court moved yet again to another assizes after it came up for hearing before High Court Justice Madam Vicki Ann Ellis today, May 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Former legislator, Mr Andre A. Penn will have his matter that is currently engaging the criminal court moved yet again to another assizes after it came up for hearing before High Court Justice Madam Vicki Ann Ellis today, May 6, 2014.

Penn’s matter arose today at the start of the May 2014 assizes but there was no progress to be made with his appearance.

Penn is currently before the court on several sex offence charges which were allegedly committed against a minor for which he had initially been convicted. The conviction was overturned on appeal and Penn was later ordered to be retried.

Penn is represented by attorney at law Mr Richard Rowe and Lord Anthony Gifford, QC.

Following a series legal motions by his various attorneys where Penn attempted to prevent his matter from being retried and also have the matter stayed, there have been continuous delays which have seen the matter pushed back over the past year, both before former High Court Justice Albert Redhead and current Justice, Madam Ellis.

“There will be no adjournment Mr Penn,” Justice Ellis had warned Mr Penn during the October 2013 assizes before his matter was later traversed to the 2014 assizes.

Penn was accused previously by Justice Redhead of deliberately trying to have his matter stalled when he told the court last year that his attorneys had been occupied in St Kitts and were unable to make it to represent him.

Crown Counsel Leslie Ann Faulkner told the court today that Penn’s matter could not 'realistically' be dealt with before the current assizes as there were pending appeals.

The matter was then traversed to the October 2014 Criminal Assizes and Penn remains on bail until his next expected appearance before the court on October 7, 2014.

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