Richards Appeals Court Decision

Basseterre, St. Kitts, June 26, 2020 (ZIZ): Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Shawn Richards has expressed his dissatisfaction with a court ruling earlier this month which has ordered him to pay former St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) senator Nigel Carty, EC$375,000 in damages for a 10-year-old defamation case.

In his June 15 ruling, His Lordship Justice Eddy Ventose awarded Carty, EC$50,000 for aggravated damages and EC$50,000 for exemplary damages and EC$275,000  in general damages

The EC$375,000 is to be paid by Richards to Carty within 28 days of the June 15 ruling.

In a statement released earlier this week Minister Richards said he was dissatisfied with the ruling and has already filed his appeal.

The matter was first heard on April 15, 2019. A hearing for the assessment of damages was scheduled for November 28, 2019.

Carty was represented by Mrs Angelina Gracy Sookoo-Bobb of the law firm Sylvester Anthony. Richards was represented by Terrance Byron and Miss Indira Butler.

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