Criminal law

R v Saffrance (CO30/2018) [2019] SCSC 430 (18 April 2019);


[1]        Detective Sergeant Brian Dogley, the Investigating officer in this case whilst testifying in chief, testified that on the 17th April 2018 he took a statement under caution from the Accused person, the then suspect Emmanuel Saffrance, at the Bois De Rose CID Headquarters.  And that the statement was witnesses by Detective Inspector David Belle.

[2]        Upon the Prosecution attempting to produce this statement under caution in evidence the Learned Defence Counsel objected to its production on the ground of involuntariness.

R v Estico (CO 49/2018) [2019] SCSC 384 (13 May 2019);


[1]        I have heard Counsel in mitigation. The Convict is 21 years old and he has pleaded guilty. He is employed as a Runner at Fisherman’s Cove Hotel. He is gainfully employed and he currently lives with his partner at North East Point.

[2]        He has saved the Court’s time and expenses of a trial and Counsel has moved the Court for leniency and not to impose a prison sentence. He is a first offender he has shown remorse and note is taken that the amount is small being only 2.67 grams of heroin in purity.

R v Victor (CO 67/2017) [2019] SCSC 344 (28 March 2019);

[1]        I have considered the mitigating factors addressed by learned counsel for the Convict and I take note that the Convict is a first time offender and the offence occurred sometime back in 2011. She was 20-21 years old at the time and that the offence although it involved money being stolen it did not involve any other aggravating factors such as violence.

R v Lenclume (CO58/2017) [2019] SCSC 307 (11 April 2019);


[1]        The convict Jerry Lenclume was found guilty of the offence of importation of a quantity of 280.7 grams (purity content of 126.3 grams) of Heroin. He faces a maximum term of life imprisonment.

[2]        At the request of Learned Counsel for the convict, a probation report was called and thereafter Learned Counsel made a plea in mitigation on his behalf. I have considered the facts contained in the probation report and the plea in mitigation made by Learned Counsel.

R v Bibi (CO27/2018) [2019] SCSC 287 (01 April 2019);


[1]        I have considered the submissions made in respect of the application for bail by Learned Counsel for the accused Mr. Andre. I have also considered the objections of Learned Principal State Counsel Mr. Chinasammy in respect of releasing the accused on bail.

[2]        The main grounds urged by Learned Counsel for the accused in respect of his application for bail are: