Parole board admits mistake over release notice

| 02/11/2011

(CNS): A prisoner who should not be considered for release before 12 December next year was mistakenly informed  last month that he wasabout to be released after serving less than 6 years of his ten year sentence for rape of an underage girl and an assault on another woman. The inmate received a letter from the parole board on 19 October saying the remainder of his sentence was being remitted and steps were being taken to deport him back to his home country of Jamaica. The mistake was picked up the next day, officials said, and a new letter was dispatched to the Northward inmate telling him of the error and that he would be remaining in jail.

Officials explained that it was an administrative error and that Northward inmate Rono Orlando Henry was mistakenly informed that he had been granted parole. “Immediate action was taken the following day to rectify the mistake, and Mr Henry was then given the correct outcome,” government officials stated.

Henry was sentenced in the Cayman Islands Grand Court in December 2005 to a consecutive sentence of ten years for the rape of an underage girl and a separate charge of assaulting another female.

After serving five-ninths of his sentence, which is the official ratio that relates to serious offences, Henry became eligible for parole in October and his case was heard at the quarterly parole meeting in September. Given the circumstances of his case, however, officials noted that his earliest possible date of release would be December next year.

The review of his case included consideration of the sentencing recommendations, the Victim Impact Statement and related issues, and the board’s decision was to reschedule his case for review in June 2012.

On 19 October, Henry was inadvertently presented with an incorrect form-letter advising him that he’d been granted parole and that his sentence was being remitted with deportation.

“That administrative mistake was detected on the morning of the next day, 20 October by the other safeguards inherent to the parole process. Immediate action was then taken to correctly inform the inmate and to rescind the earlier letter. The prisoner was personally informed, and the correct decision letter given to him on morning of 21 October,” government stated.

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  1. so Anonymous says:

    Great!  Now whoever made the mistake can now be promoted with a raise.  Or is it whoever covered for them?  Or is it both now?  I think Bush changed it to both.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Great news to know that no mistake was made releasing Jeffrey Barnes back into the population after serving ONE year for his assault/rape of a 16 year old girl…….Fantastic work by the parole board and sentencing judge on that case.

  3. Knot S Smart says:

    Actually that would be a good form of punishment.

    Just tell the worst offenders that they will be paroled in a week and get them all excited and packed and ready to go. 

    Then tell them oops – sorry we made a mistake, you have to stay right here until you serve your full sentence.

  4. Anony Mous says:

    Ok, this is very good that we now know the name of one convicted rapist. His name is published as Rono Orlando Henry of Jamaica. Now for the safety of all females living in the Cayman Islands, can all sex offenders' names  be published so that our wives, daughters, aunts, friends and nabours can arm themselves with a little knowledge as to who to be aware of?


    • Anon says:

      Publishing their names will not stop them from raping you.  Ok, so the name of the convicted rapist is now public but I don't have a clue who he is and if he moves next door to me I probably still wouldnt know because we no longer live in a society where we know our neighbors.  Even if he is registered as a sex offender you cannot stop him from moving in next to you, your aunt your sister so you can't do anything about it (except move yourself) unless and until he re-offends hence my first sentence.  What about the offenders who have never been passed through the judicial system, no list for them but they live next to you.  My advice, don't wait for a list to protect you from the boogey man.  Protect yourself.  Trust no-one and for God's sake ladies stop leaving your kids all bout.



      • Anonymous says:

        Your judgement on this is totally wrong. If we know who the rapist are then we will all be very careful with them.  Whats your problem are you related to them? XXXX

    • B Aware says:

      It would be useful to get picutres of such individuals together with their names and country of origins.

      • Anonymous says:

        how will the country of origin be relevant??? all we need are names and pictures of these offenders.

  5. The Prophet says:

    It is human to err, but I say the board need to be watched carefully from now on.  THOSE KIND OF MISTAKES CAN EITHER BE VIEWED ONE OF TWO WAYS, deliberate or accidential, pick your choice.  Strange world we live in.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I love it. That second letter he got must have been a great feeling, Ha Ha Ha.

  7. Anonymous says:

    At least they caught it before he was released. It is too bad we can’t have some sort of joint agreement with Jamaica whereby Jamaican Nationals can serve out their term in JA. (or even better a Turkish prison). And vise versa; out source them all to Indian sweat shops! Seems like a waste of public funds to house these undesirables at the Northward Hilton on our dime, funded by astronomical fuel duties, work permit fees, and the like.