April criminal assizes wrap Crown Counsel O’Neil Simpson secured convictions in all three of the major cases tried during the April Criminal Assizes in Nevis. CC Simpson took the lead for the Director of Public Prosecution Travers Sinanan at the Charlestown High Court during the month of April. The learned prosecutor spoke passionately at the April 15 sentencing hearing of Akeem Foster, a young man who pleaded guilty to assaulting and robbing a homeowner in 2012. He spoke to the violence meted out to the homeowner with both a machete and a gun. The aggravating factors of the robbery could not be overlooked, he said. Trial Judge Justice Lorraine Williams agreed with the Crown Counsel’s assessment of what transpired the night of the incident, calling Foster’s actions “horrific”. The young man was sentenced to 15 years in prison, but 1/3 was shaved on account of his guilty plea. CC Simpson also gained a conviction against a young man accused of unlawful carnal knowledge. Her Ladyship Williams considered a number of extenuating circumstances and handed down a suspended 12 month sentence and community service for Ozandy Collins. The assizes closed Wednesday however the Crown Counsel is expected to argue strenuously for a lengthy sentence today (May 2) when convicted rapist Alistair Isaac goes before the court to hear his fate. Isaac was convicted for the offences of rape and robbery.