Shawn Henry, the police officer recently acquitted of criminal wrongdoings, may seek compensation from the government, his Attorney Ian Wilkinson has said.
Wilkinson, a Queen’s Counsel (QC), gave that statement to BVI News moments after Henry was acquitted at the High Court last Friday.
The attorney said: “He (Henry) is contemplating his legal options going forward and I cannot rule it (seeking compensation) out. It is his decision but I think based on the evidence or lack thereof, I think that some thought should be given by the authorities to compensating Mr Henry for all he has been put through.”
No case from day one
Wilkinson, in the meantime, said the Crown’s case against
“We made a submission to the court that there was no case to answer [and] that the prosecution failed to establish that my client, Mr Henry, was involved in any conspiracy to steal with the other accused men,” the attorney said.
“We were persistent in this from day one. All Mr Henry did turn up at the various scenes and discharged his duties as a police officer,” he added
QC Wilkinson said Henry who is a native of Jamaica was remanded on April 5, 2016, and “as fate would have it, he was acquitted on the anniversary date”, three years later.
Time to move on
Wilkinson said while Henry, who holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration, is still part of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) on reduced pay, it is yet to be seen whether he or the RVIPF is interested in fully reinstating him.
The Queen’s Counsel told BVI News his client did well during his tenure as an active police officer.
“Mr Henry was able to recover $1 million, drugs valued at $40 million, other hundreds of kilograms of cocaine and he has many citations. Mr Henry is someone who is highly intelligent and who believes in helping all who require help,” he said.
“Unfortunately, his life was put on hold over the past three to four years, and he is hoping to rebuild. [But] he has been vindicated, and justice has been done.”
His co-accused, Simon Power was also acquitted of one of two charges that
Similar to Henry, Power’s attorney, Israel Bruce made a no case submission which the court upheld. The charge of conspiracy to steal against Power and the third accused cop, Pamphill Prevost, still stands.
The trial continues for Power and Prevost.
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