Twenty years for attempted murder

Devon Anglin sentenced for nightclub shooting

Now serving a life sentence for the fatal shooting of Carlo Webster in a nightclub, Devon Anglin returned to Grand Court on Friday to be sentenced for attempted murder in the same incident. 

Anglin, 26, had chosen to be tried by judge alone and Chief justice Anthony Smellie heard evidence last December about the shooting inside the Next Level Night Club on 10 September, 2009. In January, he delivered the guilty verdict and sentenced Anglin to imprisonment for life as Cayman Islands law requires. 

He also found Anglin guilty of attempting to murder Christopher Edward Solomon, a patron of the nightclub, who was standing near the male bathroom when a bullet passed through Mr. Webster and hit him in the stomach. Mr. Solomon underwent surgery 13 days later to have the bullet removed. 

Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryll Richards advised the court of previous sentences for attempted murder in Cayman, including 20 years after a guilty plea for a contract shooting and 22 years 
after a trial. 

Defence attorney Lucy Organ argued that Mr. Solomon was essentially shot as a bystander and there was no evidence that there was any ill will or any intention to kill him. She said all charges had arisen from the same incident and therefore asked that all sentences be made to run concurrently. 

The chief justice had found Anglin guilty of attempted murder on the basis of transfer of malice, as well as possession of an 
unlicensed firearm. 

After his verdicts in January, Ms Organ told the court that because the Bill of Rights will be coming into effect in November, she would have submissions to make on 
sentencing. The matter was adjourned. 

On Friday, no specific mention was made of the Bill of Rights or its implications. 

In his decision, the chief justice said the attempted murder was committed in the course of the shooting that resulted in the murder of Mr. Webster, for which Anglin stood convicted after trial. 

“You must have foreseen that the lethal use of the firearm within the confines of a crowded nightclub would likely cause harm or death, not only to your intended victim but also to other persons,” he told Anglin. “There are no mitigating circumstances. You have protested your innocence throughout, so there is no benefit from a guilty plea.” 

He noted that Ms Organ had also accepted that there were no exceptional circumstances. 

For the attempted murder, he imposed a term of 20 years, with 16 years for the firearm. 

The sentences are to run concurrently with the term now being served for the murder of Mr. Webster. 

Cayman Islands Courthouse

The Law Courts Building in downtown George Town. – File photo.