Jersey's Stuart Syvret loses appeal against prison sentence
So Stuart was in court this morning and due to appear at 11am. Myself and Cyril turned up at 9.15am expecting to get an hour or so with Stuart to run through his defence case, and advise him accordingly.
What we were greeted with was a barrage of 'excuses' and 'don't knows' from the court staff. We were not told what time he was arriving in court, we were told he might be still up at La Moye, then as we left we saw the prison van come in.
We went back into court and informed a staff member that we were his counsel for the ensuing court case, we were then told we could not see Stuart. We left for a while to pick up some paperwork and returned.
We went up to the courtroom and knocked on the door of the room that Stuart was being held in. I asked the guy who opened the door, "could myself and Cyril speak to Stuart as we were his counsel?" I was told that it was not possible to speak with Stuart at all, the door was then closed on us.
I was informed by VFC tonight that Stuart was also told that he could not speak with us either!!! Therefore, Stuart was denied any legal advice or assistance, and any representation in court.
It looks like complaint time is upon us at last :)
Myself & Cyril must have The Corrupt Jersey Oligarchy very worried indeed!!!
Stuart Syvret did not complete any of the 80 hours of community service he was originally given
Commissioner Sir Christopher Pitchers heard his appeal in Jersey's Royal Court on Monday.
Syvret took the opportunity to argue he was justified in leaving Jersey during a previous court case, which led to his conviction for contempt of court.
But Commissioner Pitchers rejected his argument.
He said the Magistrate Bridget Shaw had no option but to give him an eight-week prison sentence when he refused to do his community service.
Commissioner Pitchers also rejected that Syvret was too unwell to do his community service, saying he had been fit enough to fight an election campaign and could easily have done the work.
He said Syvret had brought himself to this position and rejected his appeal.
'Entrenched oligarchy' Syvret returned to prison, but said he would try to bring another appeal based on unlawful detention back to the court.
Meanwhile on Friday, the UK Lib Dem MP John Hemming tabled a Commons motion, accusing the island's legislature, executive and judiciary of "political repression".
He is urging the UK Government to order an investigation into the running of Jersey's public authorities.
The MP is claiming that "ordinary people" on the island are being "oppressed" by what he calls "an entrenched oligarchy".
In his motion he said there had been "political repression of former Chief Police Officer, Graham Power and former senator Stuart Syvret".
He is calling for action to be taken to ensure that European Human Rights laws are enforced in Jersey.
But Jersey's Chief Minister, Senator Terry Le Sueur, said in a statement: "Mr Syvret is able to exercise a right of appeal because Jersey's judicial system is compliant with the European Convention of Human Rights."