Former clerical officer at the Psychiatric Hospital Anderson Ryan Ince, who was jailed in October last year after he was found guilty of stealing and laundering $1.118 million belonging to the hospital will have to wait a bit longer to know his fate.
When the matter came up before Madam Justice Michelle Weekes in the No. 2 Supreme Court this afternoon lawyers on both sides were expected to address the court on the punishment the Hannays Road, St Lucy resident should receive for his crime.
However, only Ince’s lead defence attorney Steve Gollop was heard today, but his submissions were not sufficient for the High Court judge who afforded him an additional week to prepare.
In a 15 minute address, Gollop made reference to Ince’s pre-sentencing report that showed that he had a previously clean record and was the “average model citizen”.
He said the only minor concern of the report prepared by a probation officer was the fact that Ince remained resolute in his innocence and did not show remorse for the crime.
“It is not to say that he adopted a callous or . . . a don’t careish attitude. Rather, as you see in the report . . . he denied the accusation. We are submitting that one can’t apologize for what one
. . . firmly believes one did not do,” Gollop said.
He added that his client’s clean record should go to his credit, and urged the court to be as “lenient as possible” when considering the appropriate sanctions to be imposed.
The defence lawyer also urged the court to “mingle its sentence with mercy but one that one must accept that will reflect the court’s displeasure with offences of this nature”.
He further pointed out that there were no aggravating circumstances to the crime as no violence was used.
“We are asking that Mr Ince be given an opportunity to rehabilitate himself and to return to the straight and narrow,” Gollop said.
However, at the end on his submission the judge said she was not “fully clear” on what Gollop was proposing with regards to sentencing.
“With all due respect, what you just suggested to me I cannot get anything from that [and] I would have to depend solely on the prosecution,” Weekes said, adding that she would need a bit more from Gollop in order to be fair to his client.
She adjourned that matter until January 17 when Gollop will again address the court, as will Director of Public Prosecutions Donna Babb-Agard, QC, who is the lead prosecutor in the case.