Americans’ cocaine sentencing postponed

Three Americans found guilty of possessing cocaine with intent to supply have had their sentencing put off until February.

Thomas Vincent Watson, Anthony Wayne Watson and Cindy Jo Hair were convicted in September after Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale found them guilty of having 4.5 kilos with intent at their West Bay Road condos in October 2005.

The Watsons, who are brothers, admitted having the cocaine. But they said they had found it on the beach and didn’t know what to do with it. They were here on permits at the time, doing reconstruction work after the devastation hurricane Ivan in September 2004.

Hair, who was visiting Thomas as his fiancée, pleaded not guilty to all charges against her. She was convicted, in part, because of her participation in taking photographs of the brothers with the packages of cocaine and being photographed with them.

Other evidence included how the drugs were stored and the fact that some of the cocaine had been cooked (Caymanian Compass, 22 September).

The three defendants were again scheduled for sentencing on 18 December, but two factors prevented it, Attorney Ben Tonner explained.

One was the Crown’s decision to apply for the confiscation of the defendants’ assets. The Defence still does not have all the reference material needed, such as employment records, to answer the application, Mr. Tonner said.

The other factor was Anthony Watson’s health. Mr. Tonner said Anthony has a twin brother with multiple sclerosis. Anthony’s condition during his trial led the Defence to request that he be tested to see if he also has the disease.

Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale said she would order that Anthony be taken to hospital from the prison.

Mr. Tonner represents the brothers and Hair is represented by Attorney John Furniss.