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Elderly Bermudan man released from prison

Elderly Bermudan man released from prison

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Bermudan Winston Robinson, 71, was recently set free, after spending the last five and a half years in prison.{{more}}

After being sentenced to five and a half years in prison on two money laundering charges, the elderly man was not made to serve any more time in prison, as the court took into account that he had already served his time while on remand.

Instead, Justice Wesley James, last Tuesday, at Robinson’s sentencing hearing at the High Court’s Criminal Assizes, recommended that Robinson be deported.

Robinson, who was on remand since 2008, was convicted by the Serious Offences Court on March 9, 2012, along with local businessman Antonio “Que Pasa” Gellizeau, for concealing on the yacht “Jotobin” on April 5, 2008, at Calliaqua, US$1,733,463 (EC$4,628,346), which, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, represents proceeds of criminal conduct.

The men were also convicted of bringing the money into St Vincent and the Grenadines on the yacht.

The matter was then sent to the High Court for sentencing.

On July 22, 2013, Justice James sentenced Gellizeau, 47, to 10 years imprisonment with hard labour, on each of two counts of money laundering to run concurrently.

Gellizeau’s lawyers have already indicated that they will appeal his conviction and sentencing.

However, Gellizeau still has another legal battle to contend with, as a confiscation hearing in relation to assets, which are believed to have been derived from criminal conduct, is yet to be heard.(KW)

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