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Oct 22, 2018

A Retrial for Calaney Flowers in the Court of Appeal?

Calaney Flowers

In March 2017, Calaney Flowers was acquitted of the murder of her ex-boyfriend, Lyndon Morrison, who was riding his motorcycle with his new girlfriend in the area of Freetown Road when he was knocked down and killed. But her case continues to meander in the courts even though she was freed.  In the Court of Appeal today, an appeal was filed against her conviction, but was adjourned because Flowers is living overseas and has no legal representation in Belize. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

An application to appeal a decision handed down by the Supreme Court in March 2017 which saw the acquittal of Calaney Flowers on a previous charge of murder, has been adjourned to the March 2019 session of the Court of Appeal.  Flowers, who is in the United States, is scheduled to return to Belize to stand trial in the appellate jurisdiction, however, she is presently unrepresented in the matter.  After being held on remand for four and half years for the death of former boyfriend Lyndon Morrison, she was found not guilty of murder by Justice Troadio Gonzalez.  It is alleged that Flowers rammed her vehicle into a motorcycle driven by Morrison and his then girlfriend Sochyl Sosa with deadly consequence.  The incident happened on Freetown Road in the vicinity of the Atlantic Bank.  Morrison was flung to his death, while Sosa was seriously injured.  News Five has previously reported that Flowers, who migrated to the US following the not guilty verdict, was also in detention abroad for having committed an immigration offense in that country.  We understand that she will be returning to Belize on voluntary deportation.  The Crown is being represented by Counsel Sheneiza Smith.  At the time of the previous trial, Flowers was represented by Senior Counsel Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley who summarized the outcome.

 

Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley

Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley, Attorney for Calaney Flowers [File: March 24th, 2017]

“The actual charge against Calaney Flowers is that she murdered Mr. Morrison and she attempted to murder the person riding at the back of the motorcycle.  That he could find no evidence that he could find nothing to confirm with the legal ingredient of the crime of murder.  Murder means that you must have the intention to kill.  At some stage, it could be long time you decided that you will kill or it could be right at the spur of the moment.  He could find nothing at all in the evidence that Calaney Flowers actually formed that intention and executed it.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.


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