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DPP hits back at criticisms following policeman's sentencing

Published:Wednesday | November 6, 2013 | 8:00 AM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

The Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn has hit back at criticisms by one of the defence attorneys for former policeman Lescene Edwards.

After appearing 10 years before the Home Circuit Court, Edwards was yesterday sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Aldonna Harris.

Senior Puisne Judge Gloria Smith also ordered that Edwards serve 35 years before being eligible for parole.

Valerie Neita-Robertson, one of the attorneys for Edwards, yesterday in court criticised prosecutors and called the case a travesty of justice.

She said the defence maintains the innocence of the ex-cop and will be filing an appeal.

However, the DPP has described Neita-Robertson’s comments in court as unfortunate.

Llewellyn points out that if the court believed that Edwards did not have a case to answer it would have dismissed the matter long ago.

She adds that the jury convicted the former policeman based on the facts presented and that the judge acted based on the law.

The former policeman was convicted last week for the murder.

Harris’ body was found with a gunshot wound to the head at her home at Pembroke Hall in September 2003.

WATCH: ON THE RECORD: DPP Paula LLewellyn talks justice (Part 2 of 2)

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