Ketricia Finch

St. Kitts Reporter

There was a special sitting in court on Tuesday to pay tribute to the first lady in the Federation to be elevated to the position of Master of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Ms Pearletta Lanns.

Several law luminaries including representatives of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), the president of the Bar Association, Vernon Veira and other members, and Attorney General Dennis Merchant were present at the occasion.

Lanns formerly served as registrar of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. She served in that capacity from 1998 until May 1, 2007 when she was appointed to her present post. Her jurisdiction is the OECS territories of Anguilla, Antigua Dominica, Grenada and St. Kitts and Nevis and she will be based in the Federation.

Ms. Lanns moved from librarian to crown counsel. She was then appointed registrar and then elevated to master.

After the ceremony, some criminal matters were dealt with. Kenya Francis and Shaweed Williams cases will be heard on June 19. Both were charged jointly for wounding with intent and unlawful wounding. Kenya Francis’ bail will continue until the date of trial and Shaweed Williams will remain in remand.

Jamal Parris, Karim Dickenson, Ramie Gumbs and Devon Wattley all have to go back to court on June 25 for hearing. They were charged with robbery, assault with intent to rob and having a firearm in possession with intent to endanger lives.

Parris and Dickenson’s bail has been extended, but Gumbs and Wattley will remain in custody. Rodney Steinbergen was previously charged for indecent assault. His date of hearing was set for June 18 and his bail was extended until the said date.

Reginal ‘Reggie’ Thomas was tried at District B of the Magistrate’s Court around 2 p.m. the same day. Thomas had two counts against him – use of indecent language and threatening language. According to the particulars of the offence, Thomas was hired by the Hon. Timothy Harris to perform certain advertising duties. Harris hired Thomas to perform the duties to advertise certain meetings within a certain time and date. During the time Thomas should have been performing the duties, Harris found him by a shop.

The judge said that the court found that defendant got upset about the situation and became rowdy as if under the influence of some type of substance. Evidence against Thomas revealed that he insulted Harris, using curse words in a loud tone and repeatedly in the presence of his children and the entire community.

“The court has found the defendant to be guilty because all the evidence has proved that. The court wants him to reflect on his behavior and the type of behavior he was setting for his children on that day. There is evidence, however, that he has been a good father at most times and president of the PTA,” the judge said.

Thomas was placed on a bond of EC$3000.00 to keep the peace and be of good behavior for a two-year period. He was previously imprisoned for 7 days in Her Majesty’s Prison for the offence.

Thomas is responsible for the Taba Summer Festival and Villagerama.