Court orders retrial for CNB robbery

The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal has ordered a retrial for four defendants whose attorneys successfully argued against their conviction for the June 2012 robbery of Cayman National Bank on West Bay Road. 

If possible, the trial should take place within the first two months of 2015. Court president Sir John Chadwick noted that bail until then was not a question for the appeal court; any application must be to the Grand Court.

David Tamasa, Rennie Cole, George Eric Mignott and Andre Nicholas Burton were successful in their appeals. Ryan Adrian Edwards was not.

Tamasa was also successful in his appeal against conviction for the robbery at Weststar Television Centre in May, 2012.  Appeals by Burton and Edwards were dismissed. The court did not order a retrial.

The CNB matter was trial by jury. Justice Elliott Mottley emphasized that for allowing appeals in that matter had nothing to do with the facts of the case. He said it had to do with a mistake made by the trial judge in which prosecution and defense counsel participated. It concerned the defendants’ right to remain silent and how the jury should be instructed on that point.

See Monday’s Cayman Compass for full story.