The phone records that implicate Tambu Frett in a continuous smuggling operation has been left unchallenged now that Frett, who was initially slated to testify, has had a change of heart.
During the accused man’s appearance in the Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, his attorney, Leroy Jones, said Frett “does not wish to give any evidence”.
Jones said his client “stands by previous submissions made and he asks the honourable court to proceed to sentencing”.
Upon hearing the declaration, Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards asked Jones if his client wishes to stand by his previous statement that he was doing a ‘humanitarian act’ when he smuggled USVI resident Bryan Bolan into the territory on April 3.
Jones responded saying the Defence still maintains that Frett brought Bolan across territorial waters ‘at no charge’. The attorney further said he is not able to speak on behalf of his client pertaining to the reported phone conversations.
Asked if his client admits to being part of a smuggling operation, Jones said: “My instructions are that he was not part of a smuggling operation.”
Be lenient, Frett a father of four
Jones then implored the court to be as lenient as possible and asked for it to consider that Frett is a father of four, it was his first run-in with the law, and that he is remorseful.
Jones said the only aggravating factors the court should be open to considering is the seriousness of the offence, and his clients disregard for the government-imposed curfew at the time.
Sentencing is now scheduled for Friday at 11 am.
Frett had pleaded previously pleaded guilty to Smuggling, Illegal Entry and Breach of Curfew. His co-accused Bolan is already serving his time in prison for the offences of Illegal Entry and Breach of curfew.
Notwithstanding those guilty pleas, the hearing for which has now declined to testify, was called into session to determine the extent of Frett’s role in what the Crown is calling a much bigger smuggling operation than his April 3 offence.
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