Justice Sends Copy of Judgment to DPP
In 2011, former Lighbourne & Simmons lawyer Myron Simmons was given $52,000 by his former clients Gena and Richard Robinson to cover stamp duty for a voluntary conveyance deed, the Supreme Court heard recently.
Eight years later, however, Mr. and Mrs. Robinson discovered that, because the duty had never been paid, their transaction had not gone through.
Mr. Simmons, husband of current Attorney-General Kathy-Lynn Simmons and senior Crown Counsel for the Attorney-General’s chambers, agreed to pay back the total amount owed to his former clients, with an additional $18,800 in interest.
Puisne Judge Larry Mussenden said on March 29 that he would accept that agreement, but also highlighted the “serious nature” of statement of claim against Mr. Simmons.
Due to its seriousness, Justice Mussenden said he plans to send a copy of his judgment to the Bermuda Bar Association’s Professional Conduct Committee, the Commissioner of Police and the Director of Public Prosecutions “ for any further actions deemed appropriate in the circumstances.”
“ In my view, it could be said that the plaintiffs have been robbed of all the joys of home ownership, an emotional and factual experience that they thought they had since 2011,” Justice Mussenden said.
Mr. Simmons told the Royal Gazette yesterday that he believes Justice Mussenden formed his own opinions about the case without hearing any arguments
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