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Jul 30, 2010

Privy Council rules for life imprisonment instead of death sentence

In October of 2003 thirty-seven year old Erlin White was convicted in the Supreme Court for the murder of popular businessman Dwayne Arnold.  Arnold, who was the proprietor of Electrical Zone Rebuilders on Cemetery Road, was shot and killed inside his store on February eleventh, 2002.  A jury found White, who was represented by attorney Oswald Twist, guilty of the crime and was sentenced to death by hanging.  Twist later appealed the sentence without presenting any arguments to support it; however, the Court of Appeal upheld the decision.  The case was then forwarded to the Privy Council in London where it has been for the past seven years until a judgment was delivered on Thursday by Sir John Dyson.  In court White’s legal representative, Tim Owen, argued the grounds of the appeal stating that the judge failed to adopt the correct approach to the imposition of a discretionary sentence of death.  Owen also pointed out that the judge failed to adhere to the sentencing guidelines put forward by Chief Justice Abdulai Conteh.  Justice Dyson subsequently reduced White’s death sentence to life in prison.  The ruling follows two others that were handed down last week in which the crime committed by Kirk Gordon was reduced from murder to manslaughter.  In the second ruling the Privy Council upheld the life sentence handed down on Miguel Herrera for the murder of Myrna Figueroa in 2007.

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5 Responses for “Privy Council rules for life imprisonment instead of death sentence”

  1. BZNinCALI says:

    Let’s hope the Caribbean Court will uphold our decisions now that we have seen the last of he Privy Council.

  2. EarlGray says:

    Life with HARD LABOUR!!!!! They owe a debt to society let them pay. We have to pay to feed and house them for the rest of their lives. I have to do that for myself, SO SHOULD THEY!!!!!

  3. rod says:

    i agree totally with you earl gray put them all to work fixing the streets cutting grass planting trees in the city let them earn their keep like everyone else but this gov is useless no cohones.

  4. bold says:

    I support Earl and Rod’s comments. Put them to work hard for life.

  5. lovelynblessed says:

    This man Earlin White kills my uncle and they have the audacity to want to lower his sentence to life imprisonment I’m sorry but I most definately do not agree yes hard labor sounds good for those that havent comit murder but he deserves to be hung let him feel the pain that my uncle felt before he lost his life for no reason at all.

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