Retrial for child's murder under way

Devon Anglin accused of 2010 fatal shooting

The Crown is expected to open its case on Tuesday against Devon Anglin, who is accused of murdering 4-year-old Jeremiah Barnes on Feb. 15, 2010 at the Hell service station in West Bay. 

The child was in the back seat of a car being driven by his father at the time. 

Anglin, now 29, was found not guilty of the murder after trial by judge alone in August 2011. 

Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryll Richards appealed that verdict and the Court of Appeal heard arguments in April 2013. 

The court’s decision was announced in November 2014 by president Sir John Chadwick, who apologized for the delay and accepted responsibility for it. The acquittal was overturned and a retrial was ordered. 

In December 2014, Anglin entered not guilty pleas to a new indictment, with three counts: the murder of Jeremiah; the attempted murder of his father, Andy Barnes; and possession of an unlicensed firearm. 

The Crown’s case has been based on the assumption that the shooter’s intention was to kill or seriously injure Mr. Barnes, but the bullet went past him and struck the boy. 

Anglin wanted the same lead defense counsel he had for his first trial, John Ryder, but Mr. Ryder had commitments in other courts in the U.K. The Grand Court initially agreed to a trial in 2016, but it then became apparent that Mr. Ryder could not guarantee that he would be available. 

Local attorney Lucy Organ had instructed Mr. Ryder, and arrangements were made for her to return to Cayman for the retrial so that she was available to instruct a new lead counsel, David Paul Fisher. 

Pre-trial discussions and submissions took place last week and continued on Monday. The prosecution is being conducted by Andrew Radcliffe, assisted by senior crown counsel Elisabeth Lees. 

Anglin again elected to be tried by judge alone. Justice Charles Quin is hearing the matter.