American convicted of stabbing fails to appear for civil suit
A stabbing survivor is seeking damages from the man convicted of injuring him.
However, 62-year-old American Peter Albee was a no-show yesterday for the civil suit brought against him by Jak Hannaby-Cummins.
Although Senior Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans sentenced Albee to 18 months’ imprisonment on September 4, he never went to prison because Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt freed him on $5,000 bail.
The prosecution has appealed Ferguson-Pratt’s bail decision on the grounds that she lacked jurisdiction to consider bail. But Albee had already left the country by the time the appeal was filed.
Vogt-Evans is also hearing the civil suit.
Attorney Avrom Thompson, who appeared for Albee, has asked the magistrate to recuse herself because she presided over the criminal trial.
Vogt-Evans will hear arguments on the issue on October 22.
Dion Smith represents Hannaby-Cummins.
Albee admitted to stabbing Hannaby-Cummins when he testified at his causing grievous bodily harm trial.
Albee had been hired to repair a boat that belonged to Hannaby-Cummins’ parents, but was later fired on July 5, 2017 and ordered to vacate their guest house in Port New Providence.
Hannaby-Cummins was stabbed the following day when he tried to get Albee out of the guest house.