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DPP recovers over $100K since hurricanes

FILE PHOTO: DPP Kim Hollis (right) and by Principal Crown Counsel Tiffany Scatliffe-Esprit. (Photo by GIS/Ronnielle Frazer)

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Kim Hollis has said her office has recovered more than $100,000 during the limited sittings of local courts since Hurricane Irma.

In giving a breakdown of the monies won by her office since the catastrophic weather event, the DPP said more than $45,000 in fines has been imposed in the Magistrate’s Court.

Additionally, Hollis said her team of prosecutors are responsible for having more than $58,000 United States currency forfeited to the BVI government. Those monies are in relation to criminal cases.

Hollis further said her office has not only had success in the Magistrate’s Court but also in Court of Appeal and the Privy Council.

She attributed her office’s recent victories to Principal Crown Counsel Tiffany Scatliffe Esprit, and Senior Crown Counsels Garcia Kelly and O’Neil Simpson.

A media release from the Office of the DPP today said since reopening on September 29, some 65 complaints have been laid before the Magistrate’s Court. These complaints include murder, unlawful possession of firearms, theft, burglary, unlawful possession of controlled drugs, and assault.

“The Office of the DPP will continue its work in restoring the criminal justice system of this territory and to ensure that the criminal justice system works justly and fairly,” the release said.

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