DPP reacts to appeal court ruling, increasing sentence for murder accused Lindell Powell to life imprisonment
At last, the pendulum of justice is swinging in both directions – for the accused, and for the prosecution.
That was the declaration made today (October 28), by Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn, after her office won its first appeal case.
The DPP had appealed the very lenient sentence given to Lindell Powell.
On December 2, last year, Powell was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the murders of Oral Mcintosh in Lincoln District, Grange Hill, Westmoreland, on January 7, 2017, and Ika Clarke between March 25 and 26, 2017, in Mount Mountain also in Grange Hill, Westmoreland.
The Court of Appeal today increased the sentence to life imprisonment.
Meantime, Attorney at law Linton Gordon, has noted that, today’s appeal case win for the Director of Public Prosecutions, against what was deemed a very lenient sentence for a murder accused, raises questions about the interest of justice.
This after the Appeal Court today increased the sentence for Lindell Powell.
Mr. Gordon said an issue which the case raises, relates to an accused persons’ ability to afford appeal, in comparison to the office of the DPP.