The Attorney General has completed his independent review of the use of the Restorative Justice process in the case of Sheep Worrying after the file was handed to him by the then acting Chief of Police Steve Riley in June 2017.  A summary of the Attorney General’s findings are as follows:

  • There is a sound legal basis for the use of the Restorative Justice process on St Helena.  The process has been in use since June 2016 and has been applied in several other cases
  • The use of this form of community resolution was appropriate and proportionate
  • Neither party knew of each other’s identity before consenting to engage in the Restorative Justice process
  • The victim did not want to pursue the matter through the court process
  • The Attorney General commended the Police for focusing on applying the correct process
  • The victim was fully satisfied with this outcome, that they received the appropriate compensation and received an apology
  • The Attorney General recommended that the Police raise the profile of the Restorative Justice process with the community

The Police stated they will:

  • Undertake additional training for all of their officers in the use of Restorative Justice so that the high investigative standards exhibited in this case can be replicated
  • Make further information available on the Restorative Justice process at the monthly beat surgeries

The Police have already sought to alleviate concerns about the use of Restorative Justice through the use of questions and answers.

The Attorney General’s report is available on the SHG website at the following link: http://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/publications/

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10 October 2017

 

 

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