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DPP reserves comment on PM's proposal to deny bail for some murder accused

Published:Thursday | May 26, 2016 | 5:03 PM
Llewellyn ... would first want to hear the details of Holness’ proposal before offering detailed comments.

The Director of Public Prosecution Paula Llewellyn has reserved comments on the Prime Minister’s announcement that he intends to pursue laws that will deny bail to murder accused in certain circumstances.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has been facing resistance from members of the private bar since he made the comment in his contribution to the Budget Debate on Tuesday.

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Speaking this morning on Cliff Hughes Online on Power 106FM, Llewellyn said she would first want to hear the details of Holness’ proposal before offering detailed comments.

However, she said there have been countless cases where investigators have been left demotivated after judges offered bail to accused persons on murder charges.

Llewellyn said there have been other cases too where investigators were left dejected after accused offenders were granted bail.

She cited the recent case in which two of three accused in the Swiss Stores robbery changed their plea from not guilty to guilty, yet were granted bail pending sentence.

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The third man was freed after the prosecution offered no evidence against him.