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Attorneys concerned about DPP acting in public's interest

Published:Friday | July 26, 2013 | 8:17 AM

Debbie-Ann Wright, News Editor - Radio

Some defence attorneys have taken issue with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) listing the public interest as a reason for taking some cases to court.

The issue has surfaced in the wake of Monday’s acquittal of two brothers who were arrested and charged in connection with the 2012 rape of five females in Irwin Point St James.

The DPP later said the Crown acted in the public's interest in explaining why the case was not discontinued earlier this year after DNA evidence failed to place the accused brothers at the crime scene.

However, defence attorney, Valerie Neita Robertson says she is concerned about that explanation and is warning the Office of the DPP it must be very careful in making decisions based on the public interest.

Neita Robertson says the DPP’s office runs the risk of losing credibility if it continues to take cases to court it knows it cannotwin.

A defence lawyer who was involved in the Irwin Point case, Lambert Johnson, says he believes the DPP’s office may have made the decision to continue with the case simply because of the public outcry in relation to the matter.

Another attorney, Raymond Clough, also says the DPP’s responsibility is to do what is right regardless of what the public says.

The attorneys were speaking last night on the current affairs programme Impact on Television Jamaica.


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