Tag: Cayman Islands Court of Appeal

Gov’t ordered to legalise gay unions

Gov’t ordered to legalise gay unions

| 07/11/2019 | 178 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal has ordered the government to immediately provide the necessary legislation, equal to marriage, for same-sex couples, after allowing its appeal against the chief justice’s legalisation of gay marriage. “Chantelle Day and Vickie Bodden Bush are entitled, expeditiously, to legal protection in the Cayman Islands which is functionally equivalent […]

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Appeal court rejects lifers’ claim tariffs unfair

Appeal court rejects lifers’ claim tariffs unfair

| 11/09/2019 | 13 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Appeal Court has rejected claims by several men serving life sentences for murder that they are being unfairly treated as a result of the new regime dealing with mandatory life sentences. Some prisoners handed tariffs in excess of 30 years for their crimes contended that, as a result of precedent set […]

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Lifer denied appeal to reduce 34-year sentence

Lifer denied appeal to reduce 34-year sentence

| 09/09/2019 | 7 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal denied the application of Leonard Antonio Ebanks (48) to have his 34-year sentence cut for the gang-related murder of Tyrone Burrell in 2010. Ebanks is also serving a concurrent 20-year sentence as accessory to the murder of Swiss banker Frederic Bise in 2008. Ebanks is one of four […]

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Serial rapist’s 35-year sentence stands

Serial rapist’s 35-year sentence stands

| 08/09/2019 | 11 Comments

(CNS): Jeffrey Barnes (39) lost his bid to reduce his 35-year sentence for rape when the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal ruled the original tariff should stand. He was the only one of the five lifers the court ruled on in its summer session who was not in prison for murder. After being convicted by […]

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Double murderer fails to get sentence cut

Double murderer fails to get sentence cut

| 05/09/2019 | 19 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal refused the application of Raziel Jeffers (35) to appeal his 38-year sentence imposed after being convicted of two gang-related murders. In a written judgment released Monday, the court upheld the original tariff set for murdering Marcus Ebanks in July 2009 and Damion Ming in March 2010. In the […]

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Sentence reduced in bar stabbing

Sentence reduced in bar stabbing

| 04/09/2019 | 5 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal reduced Carlo Malik Webster Jr’s sentence for wounding with intent from six years to five, after his case was heard Monday, 2 September. The decision turned on the amount of discount the defendant should have received for his guilty plea. Justice Roger Chapple originally sentenced Webster to 7½ […]

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34-year tariff for gang murder upheld

34-year tariff for gang murder upheld

| 04/09/2019 | 16 Comments

(CNS): Brian Borden (34), who was convicted in August 2014 of the gang-related murder in West Bay of Robert Mackford Bush three years before, had his appeal denied to reduce his 34-year tariff, after which he would be eligible to apply for parole. In upholding the original sentence, the Court of Appeal rejected his attorney’s […]

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Rapist’s 18-year sentence upheld

Rapist’s 18-year sentence upheld

| 03/09/2019 | 20 Comments

(CNS): Okeno Nicholas Solomon (26), who is currently serving a 20½-year sentence for rape, aggravated burglary, theft and sexual assault, had his appeal denied for reduction of his prison term. In a hearing held Monday, 2 September, the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal rejected arguments to cut the sentence that covered two separate instances as […]

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Estella’s killer denied appeal

Estella’s killer denied appeal

| 02/09/2019 | 38 Comments

(CNS): Larry Ricketts (36), one of two men convicted of the brutal 2008 murder of Estella Scott-Roberts, was refused leave to appeal his 40-year prison sentence in a judgment handed down today (Monday, 2 September) by the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal. In a written judgment, the court rejected his attorney’s arguments of an excessive […]

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Barnes found guilty for second time over gun

Barnes found guilty for second time over gun

| 30/08/2019 | 12 Comments

(CNS): Following a successful appeal against his 2017 conviction for the possession of an unlicensed firearm last year, Andy Barnes (40) was found guilty again by a jury on Thursday over a .38 revolver found in the kitchen of the apartment where he was staying. The gun was found by police behind a microwave, and […]

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Gov’t breach of rights ‘unsatisfactory’

Gov’t breach of rights ‘unsatisfactory’

| 29/08/2019 | 94 Comments

(CNS): No matter what the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal decides about the chief justice’s decision to amend the law to introduce same-sex marriage, the appeal court president has made it clear that government’s failure to provide a mechanism to recognise same-sex relationships in law is “unsatisfactory”. Sir John Goldring, the justice leading the panel […]

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