Sentencing postponed

Crown seeks confiscation from Americans

Three Americans convicted of drug offences have had their sentencing adjourned until 24 October.

Thomas Vincent Watson, Anthony Wayne Watson and Cindy Jo Hair were scheduled for sentence after being found guilty last week of possessing 4.5 kilos of cocaine with intent to supply (Caymanian Compass, 25 September).

On Wednesday, however, Crown Counsel Kirsti-Ann Gunn requested a confiscation hearing.

The Misuse of Drugs Law sets out procedures by which monies or any other thing may be forfeited to the Crown if the court determines that the defendant has benefited from drug trafficking.

Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale said the Crown should serve notice on the Defence and receive a response by the next court date.

Defence Attorney Ben Tonner asked that the time be used to obtain a medical report on Thomas Watson. A report on his brother Anthony recommended further assessment, which would need more time as well.

Defence Attorney John Furniss did not make any application on behalf of Hair, who is Thomas’ fiancĂ©e.

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