J'can man gets US$125,000 settlement in Bahamas court

July 29, 2016

A Jamaican man who spent nine years in and out of prison in The Bahamas at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre without trial was awarded a US$125,000 (J$15.8 million) settlement in The Bahamas Supreme Court on Tuesday.

According to www.tribune242.com, Matthew Sewell made a return appearance before Senior Justice Stephen Isaacs who, last October, ordered his immediate release from the detention facility.

THE WEEKEND STAR gathered that the hearing was held to update the judge concerning ongoing discussions between Sewell's attorney and the Crown on an appropriate amount in damages and taxation for the time he was detained without trial.

The parties had agreed on US$125,000 being an appropriate settlement, and the court accepted the agreement and said interest will be applied until full restitution is made to Sewell.

Reports are that Sewell was first arrested in 2006 for the alleged rape of a six-year-old girl.

THE WEEKEND STAR understands he was in The Bahamas visiting his father at the time.

He was released on bail in 2008, but was arrested in April 2009, and charged with the alleged rape of a girlfriend.

Sewell received bail for that charge in August 2013, only to be arrested two months later for allegations of housebreaking and murder. However, those charges were thrown out in 2014 when it was found that Sewell was in custody when the alleged crimes occurred.

THE WEEKEND STAR gathered that, in addition to the order for Sewell's immediate release last October, Senior Justice Isaacs further ordered that his travel documents be returned to him and be allowed 60 days to resolve his legal status in The Bahamas upon making an application to the Immigration Department.

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