Former Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson said yesterday that an attack on anyone involved in the administration of justice requires “thorough investigations, swift trials and severe punishment”.
Maynard-Gibson was contacted for comment about the stabbing of a prosecutor in the Office of the Attorney General by people connected to a murder case that he prosecuted in 2016.
“Respect for the rule of law demands that any interference with, or attack upon, persons involved in the administration of justice (including judges, prosecutors, policemen, witnesses and jurors) be met with thorough investigations, swift trials and severe punishment,” she said.
“I encourage the DPP to continue following the precedents whereby persons charged with attacks on the police were tried within 12 months of charge. Such endeavors are to ensure that a clear message is sent that the state will not tolerate such attacks and that, as much as possible, persons assisting in the administration of justice are fully protected.”
The prosecutor, whom The Nassau Guardian has decided not to name, was at a business on Baillou Hill Road on Saturday when he reportedly saw a man who had testified on behalf of the convicted murderer.
The alibi witness reportedly said, “See the man who sent [name deleted] to jail; let’s get him,” before the men stabbed the prosecutor in the head.
Attorney General Carl Bethel said Monday that the incident has sparked a review of security protocols for prosecutors.