Violet ‘Letty’ Hodge, who was convicted of conspiracy to import cocaine, has failed in her appeal to quash the conviction.
However, the Court of Appeal has shaved one year from Hodge’s initial six-year prison sentence.
While dismissing Hodge’s appeal on February 27, the court said Hodge must still pay the previously-imposed $100,000 fine. The offender will spend an additional six months at Her Majesty’s Prison if she does not pay the sum.
Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste Dabreo had sentenced the former President of the BVI Horse Owners Association back in September 2016.
The Prosecution’s case
It was the prosecution’s case that Hodge conspired to import cocaine between the January 1998 and September 2010.
The court was told that an estimated $30 million dollars worth of drugs may have been trafficked through the BVI during that time.
The prosecution claimed that she and her husband Earl ‘Bob’ Hodge travelled to Venezuela for discussions about drug deals and that Mrs Hodge often operated as the translator from Spanish to English.
During the court proceedings, Principal Crown Counsel Tiffany Scatliffe Esprit and Senior Crown Counsel O’Neil Simpson represented the Crown while attorneys-at-law Julian Knowles and Patrick Thompson represented Hodge.
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