July 4, 2016
Attorney-at-Law Warren Cassell has had all of his convictions quashed by the Privy Council leaving Cassell with no criminal record.
Five British Justices sitting on the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London, handed down their judgment in a 16 page document today. The Privy Council’s ruling declared that all of Cassell’s convictions be quashed because of what the court described as the trial judge’s “serious misdirections” to the jury and in some instances the fact that the trial judge “made his own opinion on the topic too explicit”.
In 2012, the lawyer was convicted by Montserrat’s High Court of two counts of Conspiracy to Defraud, nine counts of procuring the execution of a valuable security by deception and one count of money laundering and served two years imprisonment.
Queen’s Counsel Thomas Roe and Attorney Dr. David Dorsette who both appeared for Warren Cassell argued the trial was unfair in that trial judge Albert Redhead removed from the jury critical issues of fact that were solely for their consideration. Lawyers for the Crown accepted that they cannot contend otherwise, but nonetheless any jury properly directed would have ultimately brought Cassell guilty.