Appeals panel finds ‘irregularity’ in trial of four men convicted last year
Justice Malcolm Swift has set Jan. 28 as the starting date for the re-trial of four men charged in the 2012 robbery of the Cayman National Bank branch on West Bay Road.
David Tamasa, George Mignott, Rennie Cole and Andre Burton were convicted last year after trial by jury. The Court of Appeal heard arguments against the convictions and on Nov. 21, the three-judge panel allowed the appeals on the basis that there had been “a material irregularity in the course of the trial.”
Re-trial ordered soon
The court ordered a re-trial, saying it should take place as soon as practicable and, if possible, within the first two months of 2015.
After a bail hearing in chambers Friday morning, Justice Swift made his order for the re-trial in open court. He noted that the trial would take three to four weeks.
The judge ordered that the Queen’s Counsel instructed in the matter must be available for the trial dates.
He requested that any legal aid matters be resolved quickly so that all counsel involved could properly prepare for the trial.
Justice Swift also set Dec. 19 for a pre-trial hearing. On that date, the mode of trial is to be finalized – whether the defendants choose to be tried by a jury or by judge alone.
All four men were remanded in custody until their trial date.
Defense attorneys appearing included Nick Hoffman, Lucy Organ and Margeta-Facey Clarke.
Tricia Hutchinson represented the Crown.