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In the Supreme Court | 04 October 2019

Geers, Estrale, Jolicoeur get prison terms

 

Jonathan Geers, Shannon Estrale and Brandon Jolicoeur have all been sentenced to serve prison terms for the unlawful wounding with intent to do grievous harm and assault causing actual bodily harm.

Judge Melchior Vidot delivered the verdict yesterday at the Supreme Court.

The offences was committed on November 1, 2017 at the ‘Fire and Ice’ night club against Damien Pierre and as a result of the attack Pierre suffered multiple injuries that include minor cuts and a bigger cut to his neck.

Represented by Anthony Juliette, Geers will undergo a period of three years and six months imprisonment and shall pay a fine of R50,000 within three months from having served the prison term.

Defended by lawyer Nichol Gabriel, Shannon Estrale, who administered the cut to Pierre’s neck, has been given a four-year sentence and shall pay a fine of R50,000 within three months from having served the prison term.

The third accused, Brandon Jolicoeur, will spend six months in prison and shall pay a fine of R50,000 within three months from having served the prison term. He was represented by Alexia Amesbury.

In default of paying the fine, all three will undergo a further period of six months imprisonment.

The court decided that out of the total of R150,000 to be collected from Geers, Estrale and Jolicoeur, R75,000 shall be paid to Pierre as compensation.

Any time spent on remand by any of the accused shall be discounted against the sentence and they shall be entitled for remission. The accused also have the right to appeal against the conviction and sentence within 30 working days from October 3, 2019.

Meanwhile, Judge Mohan Niranjit Burhan has sentenced Selwyn Esparon to three years imprisonment and a fine of R25,000 for the offence of possession of a controlled drug.

In default of payment of the R25,000 fine, Esparon is to serve a term of six months imprisonment which would be consecutive to the term of three years imprisonment imposed in this case.

Since Esparon pleaded guilty, he is entitled for remission and the time he has spent in remand will count towards his sentence.

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