Help get Danny Holmes out of a 10 year prison sentence for possession of cannabis
By Andy Ward
I write this to appeal to you for a few seconds of your time to sign an important online petition which will help a British man (who is my friend) potentially get out of a Maltese jail where he is currently serving a ten year jail sentence for possession of cannabis.
Danny Holmes was given 10 years in prison for growing a small amount of cannabis.
I first met Danny when I was living in Gozo, a small island in the mediterranean off Malta. A keen fisherman and swimmer with a skill for harpooning, I spent many happy days fishing and snorkelling with him. He used to enjoy catching his own dinner from the ocean and rarely failed. I enjoyed his happy go lucky attitude and his willingness to help other people. A nice guy who was liked by many.
I was aware at the time that Danny and his friend (who was also implicated – but I believe has since killed himself) was growing a little weed for his own personal use, although I didn’t see any plants, but he certainly wasn’t selling any. We were well aware at the time that this was something that the Maltese authorities frowned up quite severely. His friend definitely seemed to be the driving force behind the project.
When it all went wrong, Danny was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison – admitting that it was all him. I don’t know if they tortured him or what to get an admission, what I do know is he shouldn’t be serving 10 years for growing himself a little weed.
As a father, and ex-police officer I cannot remain silent about this enormous miscarriage of justice – a mistake has been made by the Maltese police and now huge suffering is being inflicted on this frankly lovely man, who was an asset to the community of Gozo.
Please, take a few seconds of your time to sign this petition so an innocent man may one day have the chance of seeing his daughter again. Your efforts are hugely appreciated.