Stanley John appointed lead investigator in missing file fiasco

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Stanley John appointed lead investigator in missing file fiasco

Another retired Justice has been called in to assist with the mystery of the missing file case, in connection to the Vindra Naipaul-Coolman kidnapping and murder.

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Reginald Armour SC, has advised that retired Justice, Stanley John has accepted an appointment by the State as Lead Investigator, with respect to issues relevant to the missing file in the Naipaul-Coolman case, and the provenance of the decision delivered by the High Court on January 31, 2023.

On Monday, Master Martha Alexander awarded $2.1 million each to the nine former accused men, totalling over $20 million overall, after a default judgment was entered against the State.
The State had failed to enter a defence to the case although there were State attorneys present during the hearings for assessment of damages in 2022.

In a media release, AG Armour said Justice John will also:
“…interrogate the systemic processes in existence and to make recommendations for improvement with reference to the Departments of the Solicitor General and Chief State Solicitor and, the management of civil proceedings in the name of the Attorney General.”

Retired Justice Rolston Nelson has also been hired to assist in the investigation of the missing case file. 
He will guide the State on how to proceed on a possible appeal of the default judgment handed down by the Court this week.