Saturday 22 February, 2020

Attorney sentenced to 19 years in jail for attempted murder

An Attorney has been sentenced to 19 years in prison for attempting to murder his former secretary.

Joseph Melville, 62, was on Friday sentenced to 19 years for the attempted murder his Patricia Cox in 2001. He was also sentenced to 14 years for kidnapping her, nine years for conspiring to murder her and four years for assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The sentences will run concurrently.

The Sangre Grande man is expected to be released in less than 14 years. The four years and nine months he spent in prison awaiting his appeal after his first conviction in 2004 was deducted from his sentence.

Melville received the sentence from Justice Maria Wilson in the Port-of-Spain High Court.

During the trial, the court heard testimonies from Ainsley Alleyne, Hilton Winchester and Jason Holder, the men who were hired to kill the woman. 

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