Murder conviction overturned and death sentence quashed for prisoner in St Vincent and the Grenadines

08.06.12 |

The Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal yesterday allowed the appeal of Shorn Samuel against his 2008 conviction for murder, substituting a verdict of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. He was represented by Paul Bowen QC, leading local lawyer Kay Bacchus Browne and assisted by Steve Broach, instructed by Saul Lehrfreund and Parvais Jabbar of the Death Penalty Project. The appeal was based on fresh psychiatric evidence from Prof. Nigel Eastman that Mr. Samuel had been suffering a delusional disorder at the time of the killing in December 2006. The Court also quashed the death sentence, substituting a sentence of life imprisonment.

To view The Death Penalty Project press release please click here.

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