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Attorney Phelps found guilty of assault

Published: 
Friday, September 14, 2018
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Justin Phelps Photo by:Sheldon Noriega

Attorney-at-law Justin Phelps is expected to be sentenced for assaulting the boyfriend of his ex-girlfriend on October 19.

Delivering a decision in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates’ Court yesterday morning, Magistrate Aden Stroude found Phelps guilty of assaulting Giles Leung.

Phelps, who has been a lawyer for over 20 years, was also accused of assaulting Annalisa Smith and maliciously damaging her pair of glasses, which was valued at $3,000.

The charges arose out of an altercation which is alleged to have taken place at Smith’s home at Primrose Gardens, St Ann’s, on December 6, 2014.

While Stroude acquitted Phelps of assaulting the mother of his child, he convicted him of damaging her glasses.

Phelps had denied any wrongdoing throughout the trial before Stroude.

The assault charge carries a maximum penalty of a $4,000 fine and two years in prison. However, it is unlikely that Phelps will face a prison term as he is a first time offender.

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