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Indecent assault sentence reduced on appeal

A 57-year-old man who committed a sex crime on a 13-year-old boy yesterday had his prison sentence reduced from three years to 12 months by an appellate court.

Basil Cartwright, of Grand Bahama, received the maximum sentence of three years’ imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to a charge of indecent assault on March 17.

The charge stemmed from an allegation that Cartwright had inappropriate contact with the boy.

His lawyer, Paco Deal, appealed against the sentence, arguing that it was unduly severe.

Deputy Chief Magistrate Debbye Ferguson initially considered imposing an $8,000 fine. However, before reaching her decision, she adjourned the matter to get input from the victim’s parents.

When the magistrate informed them of the proposed fine, “the boy’s father said he would have dealt with the matter differently, but he came to the court for justice”.

Consequently, the magistrate handed down the three-year sentence with the agreement of the child’s parents.

Prosecutor Darnell Dorsette agreed that the sentence was not sustainable because the magistrate failed to give Cartwright time off for his early guilty plea.

Dorsette suggested a sentence of either one year or 18 months. On the other hand, Deal said that a sentence of eight months was appropriate.

Delivering the court’s decision, Justice of Appeal Jon Isaacs said, “We are satisfied that in the circumstances of this case that a sentence of 12 months from the date of conviction is merited in light of the appellant’s early guilty plea, good character and remorse.”

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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