Opposition leader Marlon Penn was one of the character witnesses for interdicted police officer
Huggins was convicted on one count of ‘breach of trust by a public officer’ and is due to be sentenced on April 9.
In an official letter in his capacity as opposition leader which was read in court on Thursday, Penn said he knew Huggins for at least 20 years and begged the Magistrate’s Court to ‘temper justice with mercy’.
He said he knew her to be a committed and dedicated officer and said ‘it came as a surprise’ when he learnt of the offence. The opposition leader then urged the court to take into account her previous unblemished character when handing down a
Give her a second chance – aunt
In the meantime, Huggins’ aunt – Sesilee Thomas of Old Plantation, Tortola
– was another character witness for the embattled law enforcer.
“I am very sorry for the situation and I am asking the court to be merciful to her and remember her children,” the aunt said, seemingly near to tears
Thomas said one of Huggins’s two sons has a heart condition. When Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste-DaBreo asked her what type of sentence she would impose if she had the power to do so, Thomas said she would not impose a custodial sentence.
“I would give her a second chance,” the family member said.
The interdicted cop, who is no longer believed to be in law enforcement, can be sentenced up to three years at Her Majesty’s Prison for the offence.
The court heard that on November 29, 2013, Huggins who was part of a covert police operation, reportedly alerted two criminal suspects that police was on to them.
“Hey, hey … ayo, owe me big time. They (police) coming. They
The court was told that she had seized the opportunity to make the call when her colleagues exited their police vehicle for a brief moment.