Murder conviction affirmed

Court of Appeal rules on four criminal matters

The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal has dismissed Chakane Scott’s appeal against conviction for the murder of Asher McGaw in East End in September 2011. Scott, known as CJ, elected to be tried by judge alone and Justice Alexander Henderson found him guilty after trial in June last year.

Court of Appeal Acting President Elliot Mottley delivered the decision Thursday afternoon, dismissing the appeal and affirming conviction and sentence. He said reasons would be put down in writing and handed down at a later date. The only sentence for murder in Cayman is imprisonment for life.

Also on Thursday, the court allowed the appeal by Joshua Alexander Brown against a conviction for possession of firearms. A new trial has been ordered. Brown elected trial by judge alone and Justice Seymour Panton sentenced him to 12 years imprisonment after finding him guilty in March 2012. The firearms were a handgun and ammunition that police officers had found in the freezer compartment of a refrigerator in Brown’s girlfriend’s residence.

Brown’s attorneys asked about bail, but Justice Mottley said the court preferred to have the Grand Court deal with that question.

Earlier in this session, Richard Schultz had his sentence reduced from five years to four years. He had pleaded guilty to theft of US289,660 from the Chamber of Commerce Pension Fund and was sentenced by Justice Charles Quin in December 2012.

Collin Ovid Scott had his sentence reduced from 13 years to nine years. Charged with the murder of Maureen Grant, his domestic partner, in July 2007, he pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Justice Priya Levers sentenced him in January 2008.

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