Swiss banker’s killer receives 34-year tariff

| 12/06/2017 | 21 Comments
Cayman News Service

Chad Anglin

(CNS): Chad Anglin (37), who is serving a life sentence for the murder of Swiss banker Frederic Bise in February 2008, has been given a minimum tariff of 34 years before he will be eligible to be considered for release. The ruling by Justice Alex Henderson, who was the trial judge on the case, was delivered in Grand Court Friday, though Anglin refused to appear. The sentence is longest tariff given to any existing lifer and the second longest term delivered since the Conditional Release Law, 2014 was introduced.

Anglin, who is from West Bay, was convicted in 2014 after a cold case review and subsequent trial, so he will be in his 70’s before the board could contemplate parole.

Although Bise was a gay man, the brutal killing was never prosecuted as a hate crime. Anglin met Bise at a West Bay jerk stand and went home with him. But at some point the men went to another location, possibly Barkers, where Bise was beaten to death and later found in the trunk of his own blazing car on the driveway of his own home.

Leonard Ebanks was convicted of assisting Anglin with disposing of his body.

In this latest conditional release hearing, while the judge found no mitigating factors Anglin’s favour, he said the attempts to conceal and set the body on fire and the fact Anglin was on bail for another serious violent offence at the time of the murder were aggravating factors, as was Anglin’s long rap sheet: He has a number of previous convictions for violent offences including indecent assault; and in 2011 he was sentenced to five years after a gruesome attack on a woman he also indecently assaulted.

Setting Anglin’s tariff at 34 years, four more than the basic recommended tariff in the law for a life term, the judge said he was satisfied that “a term of this length is not arbitrary or disproportionate”.

The only other convicted murderers to receive tariffs of this length were brothers Justin Ramoon and Osborne Douglas, who were convicted of a gang-related fatal shooting in George Town after the change in the law.

Following the abolition of the death penalty in 1991, all convicted murderers were sentenced to mandatory life sentences without parole, but as a result of the introduction of the Bill of Rights, the law was changed to give those serving mandatory life terms a possible release date.

The Conditional Release Law, which is in the CNS Library, recommends 30 years but judges are given discretion depending on the circumstances.

The issue has caused some controversy because under the old legislation, several lifers were released by the governor after serving less than 30 years, but no legal case has been made that any lifer had a legitimate expectation of release before the new law was implemented.

A number of cases of those convicted to life before the law was changed have not yet been heard, but going forward, all those who are found guilty of murder will be now be sentenced post trial.

Anglin’s tariff is the longest given to a lifer who had previously been given a mandatory term without possibility of release.

Justin Ramoon received 35 years and his brother 34 years for killing Jason Powery in the summer of 2015. That murder was described by the trial judge, Justice Charles Quin, as a “very public execution of the most evil nature”.

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  1. Jesse Thompson says:

    To the Bise family I am truly sorry for your lose I was friends with Chad when the Bonaventure boys home was called C.I.M.I. and never in a million years would I think him capable of such a crime I feel sorry for his mother.

  2. veronique bise says:

    To us, this is not even long enough, and not even close to compare to what the family went through and still goes through, reading those despicable news, being reminded over and over, of a tragedy no one could wish on their worst enemy. That will never be repaired, forgotten or forgiven. May this monster live the rest of his life where he now is, and may we finally be able to move on. Two little girls’ trauma shall never be gone, sadly. Only their mom and stepdad know what that represents, to see the fear and stupor in your child’s eyes.

  3. SSM345 says:

    People like this need to be put down; why the F are we wasting our time and money locking him up for the next 34yrs?

    No chance of rehabilitation whatsoever, he probably carries on the same way inside prison.

  4. Anonymous says:

    340 years would be a fitting sentence.

  5. Anonymous says:

    By the time he get’s out his criminal passion should have cooled a bit!

  6. Peter Dean says:

    Actually where is Frederic’s childrens bill of rights.

    On the point of the LGBT it is unfortunate but high risk lifestyles render the LGBT community more susceptable to danger. Its not right that should be the case, its just the way it is. Very sad really and we should all try and rectify this situation.

    One of the main problems with violence in regard to the LGBT community is internalised homophobia by offenders.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Should be the christian way, a life for a life period.

    • Daphne says:

      Imagine, Chad Anglin was Valedictorian at Primary School graduation !!! What happened in this young man’s life… How? Where? When? Why???? Let each one of us determine to lead at least one, along the path of righteousness living..!

  8. Anonymous says:

    May as well get comfortable Chad. You ain’t going anywhere for a very long time.
    You took a father away from 2 young girls who loved and needed their daddy.
    You cannot get much worse of a criminal than a murderer and a rapist. I cannot fathom what was going through your mind in each crime you committed. Donate your brain to science. Then at least your life would have some purpose.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Where is Frederic’s Bill of Rights? Where? Tell me.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Imagine having so much evil in your heart that you would actually do violence to another human being and rob him of the gift of life given specifically to him by the Creator?

    Amazingly, and far above us humans, the Creator is willing to forgive if the genuine fruit of repentance comes forth.

    It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Absolutely everything we think, say and do is recorded.

    If we lived our lives properly, knowing that we are accountable, crime would virtually cease.

    Fragile man that I am, appointed unto death, I talk to God almost every day and I tell Him of my failings and weaknesses, knowing that glory awaits the humble. (Humble is really hard, but effort is rewarded.)

    Yes, this is the same living God that created your scientists and philosophers, many of whom are now deceased. If you could hear their voices from beyond the grave, the tone would be very different.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Queue the revisionist sound bites attempting to white-wash the history of violence and discrimination against LGBT residents by Caymanians.

  12. Anonymous says:

    He’s a sicko & should never be allowed on the street ever!!

    • Anonymous says:

      He may never be allowed on the street again, remember this is only a tariff to set the time when he can apply for the first time for parole. If in 35 years time he is still considered a risk to the public he won’t get out. If he does get out he will be subject to conditions, perhaps a curfew and electronic tag, and any infraction can result in return to Prison. Life means life in all these cases, it is just that at some point they MAY be able to continue to serve their sentence outside of prison walls. They will never be completely free again.

      • Frustrated Executioner says:

        Just imagine he gets released at the age of seventy-something: too old to get a job; nowhere to live unless there is family property still waiting; so he becomes a drain on Social Services. Might as well keep him where he is if Government will have to support him anyway.


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