The Grand Court heard the appeal of a woman convicted for theft and making a false document and determined Wednesday that both convictions were fairly made.

Justice Patrick Brooks ruled Thursday that Cavenna Ellis was justly convicted on both counts, but he also said that the sentence on one of the counts was excessive.

Ellis had been sentenced to three years and nine months on both counts, running concurrently, but Justice Brooks ruled Wednesday that the sentence for making a false statement should have been two years.

That sentence was adjusted accordingly, but Ellis will still be required to serve three years and nine months for the theft charge.

Ellis was convicted in February 2018 by Magistrate Kirsty-Ann Gunn and sentenced in June 2018. Ellis appealed on grounds that the crown withheld important documents and that her defence counsel had mishandled the case and otherwise acted improperly.

- Advertisement -

Justice Brooks said Wednesday that the crown had an “exceptionally strong” case and that “a conviction was inevitable”.

- Advertisement -

Support local journalism. Subscribe to the all-access pass for the Cayman Compass.

Subscribe now