Ex-prison officer gets longer sentence

Former prison officer David Lyn has been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment instead of the six months he received in Summary Court.

Lyn had pleaded guilty to possession of ganja with intent to supply to an inmate at Northward Prison, where he worked as a guard. His offence occurred in August 2005 and involved 51 grams – about 1.8 ounces — of ganja (Caymanian Compass, 10 March).

The Crown appealed the sentence to the Grand Court on the ground that it was too lenient.

Crown Counsel Gail Johnson argued that Lyn’s position in the prison service was an aggravating factor that outweighed the relatively small quantity of soft drug.

Defence Attorney Lloyd Samson replied that custody was not Lyn’s only punishment. He had lost his career and his Cayman immigration status was in jeopardy.

On Friday, 21 April, Mrs. Justice Priya Levers gave her decision. She indicated that, if she had been hearing Lyn’s case fresh, she would have given him between two and three years.

However, since he had already been sentenced to six months, she would only impose 18 months, with time served to be taken into account.

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