A former policeman has been sentenced to five years at Dodds Prison for committing three counts of serious indecency against two schoolgirls in 2011.
Madam Justice Margaret Reifer handed down the sentence on Ricardo Devere Millington yesterday in the No.2 Supreme
The Breezy Hill, Halton Terrace, St Philip resident, who is in his late 40s, was originally charged with one count of rape and two of serious indecency. He however denied the rape accusation but pleaded guilty to three serious indecency counts.
The offences occurred between July 2, 2011 and Dec 17, 2011. The victims were 14 and 15 years old at the time.
When the matter came up before the High Court judge, Millington’s attorney Alvan Babb made a submission for the sentencing to be adjourned on the basis that he had “just received new information” regarding his client’s health.
Babb admitted that the case had been before the court for sometime but said, “I believe in the circumstances the [information] may or may not impact on the sentence”.
Babb explained that Millington recently fell in his cell at Dodds and had to be picked up by a warden.
“He has an implant in his body [and that] implant has shifted and would at some stage require medical attention . . . . But he has not been getting the medication as he ought to at the prison [and this] is a life or death situation,” Babb said.
The attorney added that Millington’s doctor had requested a meeting with his lawyer and “given the seriousness of the situation I would like the legal opportunity to speak to the doctor before the court passes sentence”.
However Justice Reifer pointed out that the matter had been delayed since 2015 when Millington pleaded guilty in order to give “the defence team every effort to put before the court the personal circumstances of this now convicted man and you’ve had almost three years to do that”.
But Babb stressed that the information was only presented to him moments before the sitting and as such requested an adjournment of the sentence.
However, Crown Counsel Oliver Thomas strongly apposed the application saying the defence had ample time to provide the information.
“It’s inappropriate to tender this information at this stage before the sentencing judge,” the prosecutor said.
Babb’s application was denied and Millington was sentenced for his crime. His time spent at Dodds since November 2015 will be taken into account.