Investigation ordered into State’s handling of malicious prosecution case involving 9 former murder accused

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Investigation ordered into State’s handling of malicious prosecution case involving 9 former murder accused

Acting Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affair, Stuart Young, has ordered an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the State’s failure to file a defence in a civil action claiming malicious prosecution, which was brought by nine former accused who were charged and subject to a criminal trial, for the kidnapping and murder of businesswoman, Vindra Naipaul-Coolman.

The nine: Shervon Peters, Devon Peters, Anthony Gloster, Joel Fraser, Ronald Armstrong, Keida Garcia, Jameel Garcia, Marlon Trimmingham and Antonio Charles, who were freed of the kidnapping and murder of Naipaul-Coolman, were on Monday each awarded in excess of $2 million by the courts for malicious prosecution.

The order for payment was made by High Court Master Martha Alexander after the State failed to file a defence in the claim.

Master Alexander ordered that they each receive the sum of $2 million for malicious prosecution, examplary damages of $100,000 each and prescribed cost in the sum of $200,917.56 each.

The AG’s office said the matter will be addressed via a press conference on Wednesday.

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