Jamaican Anthony Armstrong returns as DPP in Antigua despite finding of professional misconduct

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Director of Public ProsecutionAnthony Armstrong returned to work yesterday, while Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh resumed duties on the bench. CLICK HERE TO JOIN WHAT APP GROUP.

Confirming Armstrong’s return, AG Benjamin also confirmed that the appeal has been filed in Jamaica.

“The case is now before the Court of Appeal waiting for a hearing, and until that time, it’s as though the status quo ante must remain,” the AG stated.

Jamaican-born Anthony Arm- strong was appointed DPP by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission in 2005.

Walsh’s tenure as Acting Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) ended on Friday, May 6, and reportedly has not been officially renewed to date.

Her appointment began on February 28, after DPP Anthony Armstrong proceeded on special leave, having been found guilty of professional misconduct in his native Jamaica.

A source says the Chief Magistrate was advised, two weeks ago, that her time at the DPP’s Office would be extended; however, up to Sunday, May 8, she had not received any official communication from the relevant authority.

She had already informed the staff at the DPP’s Office that Friday, May 6, would have been her last day, the source says.

During Walsh’s three-month tenure in the acting position, Traffic Court Magistrate Dexter Wason was appointed Acting Chief Magistrate.

The source says that Wason has not been formally advised about his continued tenure, either, and his time also expired last Friday.

Having not been reappointed to act, Walsh would be unable to perform duties as the DPP, the source says, and has no alternative but to return to her substantive post.

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    • Byam he was appointed under the UPP, in 2005. Came right after Gene Pestaina, from Dominica (who they appointed in 2004) left. Armstrong will most likely win his appeal since the ruling defies logic (the counsel conceded he verified the signature via phone, they also agreed with the handwriting expert that Amstrong’s accuser signed yet found him guilty of misconduct)

  1. He should have been sent back to Jamaica to face his accuser. The accuser, who is said to be a drug dealer, could then verify the signature and then deal with it.

    • John – Keep hearing it said and proved we are nor a reading public,. John a hand writing expert already testified and the counsel accepted that the handwriting was that of his accuser. This proved his accuser was a liar. All of this info was shared by ANR in the transcripts.

      • @Tenman
        The transcripts also said that the client was a drug dealer probably in jail in the USA. The Jamaican laws also required that the customer’s signature was to have witnessed in person by the lawyer. And the millions that is alleged to have disappeared was said to be paid in cash in crocus bags. I guess this man will stay in Antigua forever. If you steal drug dealers money, they will deal with you.
        My other question is why the government would reappoint a person with a cloud over his head. This shows the lack of integrity in the Labour Party.

  2. Wait and see. There is a job in the pipeline that needs to be managed. Wait and see. Will the job go down before the election?

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