St Vincent man with kidney failure escapes prison time
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent, CMC – A High Court judge has sentenced a 43-year-old man to a two-year suspended prison term after he pleaded guilty to driving his vehicle into a public meeting of the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) in 2014, resulting in the death of one person.
Justice Brian Cottle imposed the sentence on Antwone “Quincy” Anthony, who has end-stage kidney failure and requires dialysis.
The judge acknowledged that while the case is a serious one that calls for imprisonment, sending Anthony to prison would be tantamount to a death sentence since the prison is unsuitable for housing a person with such a medical condition.
Cottle said that Anthony’s medical condition also affects his ability to earn an income and, by extension, pay a fine.
Anthony, a father of eight, the youngest being two years old, pleaded guilty three weeks earlier to charges that on December 6, 2014, he caused the death of Edgar Cruickshank, by driving his motor vehicle dangerously.
His sentencing was postponed after he was unable to come to court on the scheduled day, having fallen ill.
Cruickshank, a building contractor, was attending his first meeting of the NDP in years when he met his death.
A pathologist concluded that his death resulted from “multiple traumas with cardiac tamponade due to motor vehicle accident”.
Anthony also pleaded guilty to charges that, on the same date, he fraudulently used a vehicle, driving without a driver’s permit and driving an uninsured vehicle.
He was charged a total of EC$4,000.
The Court, however, did not set any specific date by which the man has to pay the fines.
The Court heard that Anthony drove the vehicle recklessly, crashing into a parked vehicle that fell on several people at the meeting, including Cruickshank, who later died in hospital.