Allen Sywell Kelly and Charles
Felix Webster were found guilty Wednesday of abduction, wrongful
confinement and attempting to obtain US$500,000 from the mother of their victim
in exchange for his release in March 2010.
Both men received a 10 year prison sentence.
Justice Karl Harrison rejected
their defence of duress – each man said he had been threatened with a gun and
told that his family would be harmed. Mr. Harrison found Kelly and Webster
They said the threats had come from
Wespie Mullings Ramoon, a co-accused who previously pleaded guilty to the
Mullings gave evidence for the Crown and denied making any threats; he
said the men took part willingly.
Mr. Harrison found Kelly and
Webster untruthful with regard to the threats and said they had ample
opportunity to withdraw from the plan.
Mullings was sentenced to five years in jail.
A fourth accused, Richard
Hurlstone, absconded in December. A brother-in-law of the victim, he was said
by the Crown to be the mastermind of the plot.
Talbert Tyson Tatum, 23, was
tricked into entering a temporarily vacant home in North Side on the pretext of
someone there having wave runners needing repair. He was assaulted, blindfolded
and restrained before making his escape some 27 hours later.
Read more on this story in Friday’s Caymanian Compass.