Appeal court quashes sentence of talent scout
The Court of Appeal yesterday overturned the “unduly harsh” six-month sentence given to an American talent scout.
Terry Lee Foster, who has already served close to three months in prison, was released into the custody of immigration officials and ordered deported.
Foster pleaded guilty to working without a permit on September 8. He was fined $3,000 and sentenced to six months imprisonment.
Immigration officers arrested him, Virgil Stuart, Indira Armstrong Clarke and Erica Lazard on September 3 following a talent search at the Wyndham Nassau Resort.
Foster’s codefendants also pleaded guilty and they were each fined $2,500 and given three-week jail terms.
Lawyers Wayne Munroe and Roberto Reckley argued that the sentence imposed by Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans was harsh and excessive.
By contrast, Crown prosecutor Sandradee Gardiner argued that the sentence was “reasonable”.
However, both Justices of Appeal Christopher Blackman and Stanley John pointed out that the sentence was disproportionate to those given his codefendants.