Packed Agenda for Local Court of Appeal Sitting

The sitting will be held at the Basseterre High Court located in the Sir Lee Llewellyn Moore Judicial and Legal Complex.

According to the docket of scheduled cases, there are five cases in which the appellants are dissatisfied with sentences which were handed down at High Court level and six appeals against convictions which occurred at the High Court level.

Two of the appeals against sentence involve Romeo Cannonier who currently has two death sentences hanging over his head.

He was convicted of murdering officer of the law, Constable Delvin Nisbett and was also convicted of murdering Gavin ‘Magilla’ Gilbert of Saddlers Village. Also convicted with him concerning the latter offence, were: Rudeney Williams, Sheldon Isaac and Louis Gardner 

According to the list, these cases were slated for hearing during the last Court of Appeal sitting in St. Kitts and were adjourned.

Also appealing against sentence is Calvert Doyling of Old Road, who, in May of 2010, confessed to raping a 7-year-old and was subsequently sentenced to serve 16 years at Her Majesty’s Prison. The maximum sentence for the offence of rape perpetrated against an individual who has yet to attain the age of 14 years, is life imprisonment.

Sandy Point resident Desi Williams who pleaded guilty to burglarizing the house of a Peace Corps officer, was sentenced to serve 15 years with hard labour. understands that Williams is also appealing his sentence.

The High Court criminal appeals against conviction include that of Warrington Phillip who, in November 2008, was convicted of hacking his wife, Shermel Phillip, to death after she had entered her vehicle which was parked just outside her home in Nevis. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.

The cases of Ricky Ferlance who was convicted of unlawful carnal knowledge, Dean Boddie who was convicted of house breaking and larceny, Philmore Matthew who was convicted of indecent assault, Harsha and Chad Elliott who were convicted of robbery and Jamoy Warner and Evan Daniel who were convicted of shooting with intent are also scheduled for hearing.

A number of magisterial and high court civil appeal as well as magisterial criminal appeals are also slated for hearing.

This sitting of the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal will run from 14th – 18th March.

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