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Oct 13, 2017

Bail Application Result Pending for Accused Murderer Warren Lewis

Warren Lewis

Warren Lewis has been on remand for over eight years for the August eighteenth, 2009 murder of Albert Allen. After almost a decade and after a third trial for murder was not forthcoming by the judiciary, attorney Darrell Bradley sought bail today for twenty-six-year-old Lewis, a former B.D.F. volunteer, who at the age of eighteen was accused for murder. On September twenty-second, 2017 Justice Adolph Lucas, after days of hearing submissions made by the crown and attorney Oscar Selgado, offered bail in the sum of twenty-five thousand dollars to murder suspect, Nelson Henry, who was accused of the June 2011 murder of the notorious Edward Emmanuel Lord Junior. Today, a similar application was made by Bradley before Judge Herbert Lord. Bradley claims that three of his client’s rights have been violated.  Among his submissions were the right to a trial within a reasonable time and that eight years on remand is crude and unusual punishment.

 

Darrell Bradley

Darrell Bradley, Attorney for Warren Lewis

“We had made bail application last year. The bail application was denied and we were given indications that the trial would have taken place by the close of last year. That had not happened and so we are making another bail application because of the inordinate delay that the person has been incarcerated. There are some particular circumstances of this case that makes the grant of bail difficult; the fact that there were two trials before—one resulted in a hung jury; the other one was a defective trial and they had to do a do-over. And there are other factors which make the court pause. But I think the overwhelming issue is that the Constitution of Belize gives a person an unqualified right and it actually says that a person shall be entitled, meaning that they are due bail if they are not tried within a reasonable time and we would say that there is no consideration there for any reasons to be given. We do understand that shortages in terms of judges and the lack of resources in terms of the judiciary, the administration of justice—all of these things cases say should be a factor, but we think that eight years is unreasonable. And that would cause a substantial prejudice to an accused person having to wait to be tried for so very long.”

 

Prosecutor Jacqueline Willoughby had no reasons for their objections to bail and Judge Herbert Lord, who heard the matter, has reserved his judgement for a later date, which is yet to be announced. 

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