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UPDATE: Kandy James gets sentence reduced to 3 years

Kandy James (with sun shades), who was sentenced to 7 years in prison in 2011 for procuring a substance could have resulted in a miscarriage and three years for assault occasioning actual bodily harm, has successfully appealed for a reduction in prison time. Photo: VINO
James (in shades) received seven years in prison. Her family desperately tried to hide her from the media. Photo: VINO
James (in shades) received seven years in prison. Her family desperately tried to hide her from the media. Photo: VINO
The relatives for both defendants acted as human shields. Photo: VINO
The relatives for both defendants acted as human shields. Photo: VINO
Richardson was successful in hiding from photographers. He was sentenced to four years in prison. Photo: VINO
Richardson was successful in hiding from photographers. He was sentenced to four years in prison. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – (Posted: 11:10 A.M.) Kandy James, who was sentenced to 7 years in prison in 2011 for procuring a substance could have resulted in a miscarriage and three years for assault occasioning actual bodily harm, has successfully appealed for a reduction in prison time.

Appearing in the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court this morning May 7, 2013, Ms James had her sentence reduced to 3 years for each charge, which will now run concurrently as opposed to the previous consecutive .

James was represented by attorney Dr J.S. Archibald QC while representing the crown was Ms Tiffany Scatliffe.

See previous article posted on December 13, 2011

James gets 7 years in jail, Richardson 4 for plotting abortion!

-Judge says James was the mastermind and Richardson was naïve and stupid

This morning December 13, 2011 in the High Court,  Kandy James  was sentenced to seven years in prison and Akeem Richardson to four years for attempting to abort the pregnancy of a teenager in February 2010.

James got four years for procuring a substance that could have resulted in a miscarriage and three years for assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Her sentences are to run consecutively.

As for Richardson, he got four years for procuring a substance that could have resulted in a miscarriage and two years for assault occasioning actual bodily harm. His sentence is to run concurrently.

In handing down the sentences, Justice Indra Hariprashad-Charles described the event that took place as "evil, demonic and satanic".

Justice Hariprashad-Charles announced the case was one of the most unfortunate ones with two young people having to spend some time in prison.

She admitted to reading the facts of the case about 10 ten times, “and each time I read it the penalty went up, and it is sad.”

The Judge also accepted that Richardson was repentant, while James “did not strike me to be very remorseful”.

She added, "James was the mastermind behind all of this; while Richardson was naïve and stupid…the social inquiry report did not speak highly of James.”

At the sentence hearing held on December 13, 2011 the court heard the disturbing details of how James, 31 and Richardson 25 carried out the action a Road Town hotel on February 28, 2010.

According to the Crown, James had concealed her identity while she choked and hit a then pregnant 17 year-old Virtual Complainant while Richardson inserted pills in her private parts and down her throat.

The court had heard of the text messages between the couple revealing James’ disappointment that Richardson impregnated the VC, and was instrumental in how the event unfolded at the hotel.

Crown Counsel Sarah Benjamin also noted that it was James who procured the pills that were inserted in the VC’s private parts and down her throat.

Aggravating factors

According to Crown Counsel Benjamin, there were seven aggravating factors in the case. She noted that the Crown considered the couple’s action to be a serious one given the risk to the VC, the VC was 17 at the time; pregnant; sufficient degree of planning was involved; it was a joint effort two against one; violence was used; James used a masked to conceal her identity and the VC’s life was put at risk.

The only mitigating factors were that the duo pleaded guilty to two counts on the indictment and are of good character.

Couple apologised

During the hearing, Richardson had apologised to the court, the VC and her family. “I am young man who had a business with his father…. I realized that it was a serious offence,” he had stated.

A remorseful James admitted that she made a mistake and apologised to the court, the VC, the VC’s family, as well as her family. The defendant acknowledged that she is aware of the embarrassment she caused, and that her actions are well published in the public and was willing to face the consequences.

“It has affected me dramatically…and I believe I have been imprisoned already,” she added. James is also the mother of a seven year-old son.

The maximum sentence for assault is five years, while intent to procure an abortion carries a seven year sentence.

Richardson was represented by Stephen Daniels, while Duane Jean Baptiste represented James.

67 Responses to “UPDATE: Kandy James gets sentence reduced to 3 years”

  • lover boy (13/12/2011, 10:20) Like (4) Dislike (18) Reply
    my heart goes out for you kandy
    • Jigga (13/12/2011, 11:11) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
      Your heart need to go out to Kandi child.
      • Tuffbong33 (13/12/2011, 17:22) Like (13) Dislike (13) Reply
        No it doesn't. She is a murderer in God's eyes, and so are you if you side with her. Let her get a good fixin in there! Get your head outta your tailboard
        • Come again (13/12/2011, 20:34) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
          Tuffbong33...Moses was a murderer too and look how God used him. The key is WAS. She made a terrible mistake, WE ALL sin and fall short...why don't you send up a prayer for Kandy rather than judging her...she's already been judged.
          • Tuffbong33 (14/12/2011, 06:31) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
            If she killed an Egyptian that was tormenting our people, then I'd have helped her. Her crime is against the un-born. No going back there. It is dark and sinister,SATAN like. Please don't compare her to Moses. I will pray for her though.
            • WHAT???! (09/05/2013, 16:52) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
              How is she a murderer?? the Child didn't die!! The article clearly states it COULD have resulted in a miscarriage!! Learn to read and comprehend! Have mercy with my Country and the disheartening level of illiteracy!!!
        • ken (13/12/2011, 22:11) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
          i pray that people like you aint do nothing wrong. kandy keep your head up as i always tell you dont worry what people have to say cause today is yours tomorrow will be theirs they maybe do worse than you or their family and it aint come to light yet. all who live in glass house donot throw stones.
        • ...... (07/05/2013, 13:09) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
          How the hell can she be a murderer if the child is still alive.......
          • billyb (07/05/2013, 15:01) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
            THE CHILD IS ALIVE BY THE GRACE OF GOD, HER INTENTIONS WAS TO KILL IT. A$$H... So because it didn't die, she gets off????? hell no!!!!
          • .......... (07/05/2013, 22:35) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
            Who the hell said anything about letting her off? People are here saying she's a murderer. Who did she murder. Lawd what a dumb bunch you people are messon.
        • geek (07/05/2013, 14:48) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
          ahhh no one died. The child is alive and well
        • hellboy (08/05/2013, 16:58) Like (1) Dislike (24) Reply
          God Send A Flood to kill off the whole world and I think he kill babies too so what's the big deal???????
    • Nonsense (13/12/2011, 11:42) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    • Unkown (20/03/2012, 15:45) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      Your Heart Need To Go Out To The Virtual Complainant
  • Skeptic (13/12/2011, 10:56) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    "demonic and satanic” Is there such a thing as septation of church and state. Should they now sybscribe to your religious organization now?
    • killer whale (13/12/2011, 16:47) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      for real for i do not always understand why they continue to mix both...and these bvi people so wicked to each other
  • If You Scared Go To Church (13/12/2011, 11:10) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    That prison gaurd leading Kandy look scary meson
  • wise man (13/12/2011, 11:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    oh no this is sa for all involved...
  • the rock (13/12/2011, 11:44) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    today is another sad day for the bvi....the devil has got a strong hold on us..lord help the bvi!!to all the families involved i pray for a speedy comfort for you guys! and to the parties involved..u still got life..and u guys are serve your time and come out better than before! comfort goes out to the victim also..bless
  • good luck (13/12/2011, 11:46) Like (0) Dislike (27) Reply
    look how these two peole young life is now gone from them...stuppsssss
    • Jigga (13/12/2011, 11:59) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      They should have thought about that when they almost took the lives of 2 others
  • bb (13/12/2011, 11:55) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Justice was served perfectly here. Charles rocks!! This is exactly the time i think they both deserved.
    • Tuffbong33 (13/12/2011, 17:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Amen Bro: I wuz waitin for "suspended sentence". Letum sit and count the days. Whooz yo daddy now!!
  • My ggodness!!! (13/12/2011, 12:30) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good going Judge
  • What a thiing! (13/12/2011, 12:32) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    James deserve more. Damn wicked woman
  • Shield (13/12/2011, 13:10) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    7 years?? Had need to be more like 15 yearss........ Lol @ Human Shield, she look like a shield in truth!
  • Dick (13/12/2011, 16:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Tuffbong33 (13/12/2011, 17:48) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    That "Kandy" not so sweet! Kinda chunky! LOL
  • Mudda (13/12/2011, 19:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    When I hear some of these sentences I don't know how they count the time. A man raped a young girl and got ten years on two counts. Another man raped, buggered and indecently assaulted another child with twelve counts of guilty and he get twelve years. How they does count the time, buddy? Maybe it is who you be in the society. Sorry for these two people, but they got to pay their time. I hope the eyes of others are watching. If they catch yo, and you guilty, you going up Balsam Ghut. But that jail can't hold all those persons going up there. Help our society, someone or something.
  • big dog (13/12/2011, 21:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    let's remember the two young people in our prayers
  • dead duck (13/12/2011, 23:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Rich boss give me the dog to take care of while you up Balsum guth
  • mama (14/12/2011, 11:33) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    its sad Kandi girl but such is life, U'll get over it. Thank goodness you ain'tlike DA wo didn't know Guyana you know Antigua
  • not enough (16/12/2011, 11:34) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
    Well the goes two more to get DEPOTED yes Richardson was not born on Tortola hewas born in Corpus Christi Texas and Kandi to Antigua
  • Lady (07/05/2013, 11:18) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    She need to be deported back to Antigua.
    • INJUSTICE (07/05/2013, 11:37) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Today marks another day of injustice in this land. What is wrong with these Appeals Court judges? I believe that the court should be renamed Court of Reduced Sentences. I am sickened by this rediced sentence!!!
  • lover boy (07/05/2013, 11:22) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    Thank you god!
    • please (07/05/2013, 13:29) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Richie go sit down, u know u vex she gonna be out to TORMENT u!! U right lover **BOY** ur a child!!
  • Too Sad (07/05/2013, 11:34) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    What is worng with this Court of Appeal? Little wonder there is so much crime in this little place. The VC could have died. Do these judges have brains and hearts?
    • yes (07/05/2013, 13:05) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply

      You ppl are Godless and quick to judge. Most you yall lie in your beds at wee hours of the morning worry how to cover your sins at least her's is out in the open and she can now deal with it. When you dress and go to church on Sunday, remember who you praying to. He can open lift you up and bring your @$Z down.
      It is her pride that brought her down. she has a testimony.

      • billyb (07/05/2013, 15:27) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ yes. At least we hiding our sins in our bedroom and not out trying to kill defenseless unborn children
        • @billyb (07/05/2013, 19:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Only God knows that. Blow wind blow. wait your turn. find stones to cast.
  • jesua was crusified (07/05/2013, 11:38) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    Remember all u haters its people. Like u who help to crusify jesus and he only did good. Get ur facts before judging
    • Cruciified (07/05/2013, 12:13) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      You cannot spell "Jesus", "crucify". Please go to school. If you had any brain then you wioll understand why this woman should be in jail for the rest of her life. But any way, she will be in Antigua sooner than she expected. Welcome to Antigua, Candy.

      • billyb (07/05/2013, 15:09) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        Messon I understand what you trying to say, but when you coming on here criticizing the spelling of others, make sure you can spell and you check b4 you post. Kandy's name is spelt with a "K" and the word is "will" not wioll.
    • What!! (07/05/2013, 13:20) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Jesus didn't try kill nobody child!!!!
  • felicia #1 supporter (07/05/2013, 11:51) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    Kandy I love u and regardless of the offence you committee. Who am I or anyone else to judge you. Keep your head up stay strong. They just mad because you all appealed they thought u had no one because your title isnt of this culture. She is a bvislander and itz here she will remain regardless of what u want to you. #teamkandy
  • nanny cay (07/05/2013, 12:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Another one of judge redhead things gone bad
  • SMH (07/05/2013, 13:19) Like (2) Dislike (11) Reply

    That &itch she will return to prison because A..k.. will never stop CHEATING!!! Ask him who he was with Christmas!!!

    • hnm (07/05/2013, 16:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      FYI they r no longer in a relationship so who he was with is not important!
  • billyb (07/05/2013, 14:58) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Do you people realize that if Kandy was sentenced to this kind of crime in the States, she would not be alive to serve her three year sentence. They would have murdered her in prison any how. Those inmates up there don't play when it come to raping and killing defenseless children. VERY SORRY TO HERE SHE WOULDNT BE SERVING ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL SEVEN. INJUSTICE, PURE INJUSTICE.
  • tola (07/05/2013, 15:04) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who pumkin
  • Raw Dawg (07/05/2013, 15:54) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    AR has a fatal attraction in KJ. Hope she can deal with being a side thing (toss) and get over her bad gyal attitude as she surely ain't no bad gyal! Hope the spanglish gyal drop a crop of blows on she (KJ) when she is released - fyi a pillow case and some Wrongway potatoes!
  • shelly (07/05/2013, 16:06) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    How she getting her nails done if she is in jail? ....just curious
  • ZZZZZZZZZZZZ (07/05/2013, 18:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hollywood could not produce such a chilling story
  • wise-up (08/05/2013, 06:20) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    The inmates at HMP get their hair done, have x-box, air conditioning, use drugs, make long distance call on their private cell phones, have special meal delivered to them, host birthday parties and for excitement escape lawful custody(just for the heck of it; especially on a boring day)
  • Pleasure P (08/05/2013, 10:38) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    All you nay sayers keep all you A$$ off my coz she did not do nothing that you guys did not do . we all have done things we should not all you all who saying deport her at least she have some where to go if you commit a crime where can you go to start over here you must stay to be reminded of your sins forever at least she have some where to go to start over you guys make me so sick all a bunch of hypocrites.
  • Ha Ha Ha (08/05/2013, 14:47) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    why it matters to you who he was with on christmas... his woman obviously...
  • Less Woman... (08/05/2013, 15:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Go to jail over a cheating good for nothing, you less and you're 31 yrs and don't know any better by now, you even lesser
  • Well Sah (08/05/2013, 17:06) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Most of these post here are from women and mostly all of u either had an abortion, try to have an abortion, took someone to st T to have one, encourage someone to have one or help someone by buying the stuff for them so none of u could cast any stones. Judge yourselves first... Ignorance
    • @well sah (08/05/2013, 19:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Well said!!
    • @welsah (10/05/2013, 10:38) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      you must be the dummy sister who try tramp a man by getting breed and he kick ya ass out he place go sit down man less a$$ ya always know who had abortion eh da whole family need be in the bottom ah deh sea
  • What are they dressed in? (13/05/2013, 07:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I know I'm wrong for saying this, kinda. Why are the BVI police dressed so depressingly. c'mon guys change that uniform color. Ya'll locking up people left and right. stop depressing people. I used to see Kandy all the time when I lived in Tortola. I am saddened to hear this. The news nowadays is so sad. We don't have enough good in this world to share anymore :-(

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