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Sentence Reduction Day: 46 persons expected to plead guilty today

Published:Thursday | October 19, 2017 | 10:29 AM

Forty-six people are expected to plead guilty today to take advantage of the Supreme Court’s second instalment of the Sentence Reduction Day initiative.

Thirty-one of those guilty pleas are expected in the Gun Court and 15 in the Home Circuit court.

Those seeking to benefit from reduced sentences in exchange for their guilty pleas are charged with murder and other serious offences.

The programme will be made available at the St Catherine Circuit Court tomorrow.

The Sentence Reduction Day initiative provides an opportunity for accused persons to enter a guilty plea and benefit from a maximum of up to 50 per cent reduction in their sentence, according to the provisions of the Criminal Justice Administration Amendment Act, 2015.

The Sentence Reduction Day programme was first done on May 22.

The initiative was implemented as a measure to reduce the large number of cases pending for trial.