Nothing less than a ten-year prison sentence will suffice!
This was the contention today of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Donna Babb-Agard, QC, as she made her submission in a million dollar case.
Former clerical officer Anderson Ryan Ince, of Hannays Road, St Lucy, was found guilty by a nine-member jury last October of stealing and laundering, sometime between August 1, 2003 and August 1, 2005, the sum of $1,118,500, belonging to the Psychiatric Hospital and vested with the Central Bank.
When the matter came up before to Madam Justice Michelle Weekes in the No. 2 Supreme Court today, Ince’s lead attorney Steve Gollop suggested that a two-year sentence should be imposed on his client, as he had no previous convictions and a favourable pre-sentencing report.
However, the DPP strongly disagreed, saying “two years would make a mockery of this particular case”.
She argued that the aggravating features far outweighed the mitigating factors in the case while calling on the court to impose “a substantial term” of imprisonment to “publicly mark the gravity of the offence” committed by Ince.
“This was a white collar crime. It was a deliberate crime. It was planned. It was orchestrated. [Ince] was shrewd in the way he carried out the theft and he did it in a systematic way for two years,” the DPP said, while accusing Ince of betraying the position of trust bestowed on his as a clerk at the Black Rock institution.
“The starting point [in prison] should not be anything less than ten years, . . . not for in excess of [over] a million dollars from our Government Treasury. Not when you consider how it was stolen,” she stressed.
The matter has been adjourned without a date being set for sentencing.