Two sentenced to five years in prison for Health Ministry building fire – 27th
After spending four years behind bars awaiting trial for setting the Ministry of Health building on fire, Colin Jones and his co-accused, Clayton Westford, were both found guilty and were sentence to five years in prison.
The verdict was handed down today by Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman in the Georgetown Magistrate’s court. The Magistrate ruled that a Prima Facie case was made out against the two men on a charge the Police labeled as domestic terrorism.
The fire reportedly started when ‘channabombs’ exploded in the building back in July 2009. At the time the Dr. Leslie Ramsammy was the Minister of Health.
Today he appeared in court and briefed the court just before the verdict was handed down. Outside of the courthouse he spoke to the media.
Outside of the courthouse relatives were not pleased with the ruling and they were not shy to vent their feelings.
Westford’s Attorney Michael Somersaul said that he plans to appeal the decision of the Magistrate.
Dr. Ramsammy said records dating back several decades along with vehicles were all damaged in the blaze.
The two men sentenced today were said to be part of a larger gang that carried out the attack at the Ministry of Health building. The alleged mastermind is reportedly still at large.