DPP’s appeal of Chief Magistrate bail decision adjourned to Dec 8

DPP’s appeal of Chief Magistrate bail decision adjourned to Dec 8

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The appellate court will hear submissions next month related to an appeal of Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt’s decision to grant bail to an American man in 2019.

American Peter Albee, who was accused of stabbing his former’s employer’s son, Jak Hannaby-Cummins, was convicted of causing grievous harm on September 4, 2019.

He was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.

However, instead of going to the Department of Correctional Services, Ferguson-Pratt granted Albee $5,000 bail.

On September 13, 2019, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) filed an amended notice on behalf of the commissioner appealing the decision on the ground that the judge did not have jurisdiction to consider bail.

The matter of the Commissioner of Police versus Peter Albee was set to be heard before Justices of Appeal Jon Issacs, Milton Evans and Carolita Bethel yesterday.

Attorney Stephanie Pintard appeared on behalf of the DPP.

Attorney Mason Smith of Murrio D Ducille and Co. appeared on behalf of Albee.

During the intended proceedings held via video-conference, Smith noted that their chambers was not served with the documents in the prescribed time and have not had time to respond to the application.

The matter was adjourned to December 8 at 12.30pm.

The court will also hear submissions on Albee versus the Commissioner of Police in an application for leave to appeal his conviction or sentence.