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Oct 6, 2022

Calaney Flowers to Stand Retrial for 2012 Murder

Ten years after the horrific death of twenty-nine-year-old Lyndon Morrison, his former girlfriend, Calaney Flowers, is heading to court once again for a re-trial.  Viewers would recall that on March twenty-fourth, 2017, after five years in pretrial detention, Flowers was acquitted of the charge of murder.  At the time, Justice Troadio Gonzalez who presided over the matter, found no evidence to confirm that Morrison’s death was the result of a murder.  Morrison, a flight dispatcher who was employed with Maya Island Air, was mowed down while riding his motorcycle along Freetown Road on the night of August twenty-eighth, 2012.  He was with his new girlfriend, Sochyl Sosa, who was riding on the back of the motorcycle.  The impact of the collision which was caused when the vehicle driven by Calaney Flowers, a former bank teller, rammed into the motorcycle flung Morrison to his death and severely injured Sosa.  In the wake of the deadly encounter, Flowers was charged for murder and remanded to the Belize Central Prison for five years before the case was concluded.  Following her acquittal, Flowers migrated to the United States where she was subsequently held in detention for committing an immigration offense.  In 2019, however, the Court of Appeal handed down a ruling in her favor, dismissing an application by the Director of Public Prosecutions to appeal the Supreme Court verdict.  The matter was taken to the Caribbean Court of Justice which referred the case back to the Court of Appeal.  Madam Justice Hafiz-Betram, and justices Foster and Bulkan, in their disposition, concluded that the trial judge erred in law by failing to consider whether the respondent, Calaney Flowers, possessed an intention sufficient to support the alternative offence of manslaughter as specifically required by Section 126-1 of the Indictable Procedure Act.  The judgment of the Court of Appeal was handed in a seventeen page document.  For reference, we take you back to the Morrison family’s reaction when the initial decision was handed down by the Supreme Court.


File: March 24th, 2017 Colin Morrison, Brother of Deceased



The Crown was represented by Shanieza Smith, while Flowers was represented by attorney Anthony Sylvestre.

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