Justice Charles Quin heard submissions on Thursday on behalf of Justin D’Angelo Ramoon and Osbourne Wilfred Douglas, who have been convicted of murdering Jason Charles Powery in July 2015.

The penalty for murder in Cayman is life imprisonment, but the Conditional Release Law that came into effect in February requires that a judge impose a specific term before a prisoner is considered for parole. For murder, the term is 30 years before the convicted person is eligible to apply for release, subject to extenuating or aggravating circumstances.

Ramoon and Douglas, who are brothers, were found guilty of murdering Mr. Powery on the night of July 1, 2015, in the vicinity of the Globe Bar on Martin Drive, off Shedden Road.

Justice Quin, who heard the case without a jury at the defendants’ request, determined that Ramoon had shot Mr. Powery and Douglas had handed him the gun.

The judge indicated that any circumstance that would cause him to alter the 30-year sentence would have to be exceptional.

In the Ramoon/Douglas case, Ms. Richards pointed out that the shooting occurred in a public place; referring to it as “a public execution.”

Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryll Richards cited the only murder sentence Cayman has had since the new law came into effect. Tamara Butler, who killed her young daughter, received 26-plus years, taking account of the time she had already been in custody. The judge noted that mental issues were a factor in that case.

In the Ramoon/Douglas case, Ms. Richards pointed out that the shooting occurred in a public place; referring to it as “a public execution.”

She submitted that there was some premeditation. She said previous convictions also should be considered.

Ms. Richards referred to a victim impact statement from Mr. Powery’s mother, who said after the trial that she sometimes walked into her son’s room to see if he was there because she could not believe he was gone. Sometimes she choked on her food because he was not there eating with the family.

Attorney Sean Larkin addressed the court via video-conference on behalf of Ramoon, with attorney Prathna Bodden in court. He said their position was that there were no exceptional features in the matter. He said many murders took place in crowded public places. He called the shooting unpremeditated in the proper sense of the word, saying that “an incident flared up.”

Attorney Laurence Aiolfi, speaking on behalf of Douglas, argued against premeditation, pointing out that no one expected Mr. Powery to be present that evening. He asked the court to consider that his client’s convictions were more than 10 years old and therefore should not be considered an aggravating feature.

Justice Quin said he would need a little time to consider his sentences. Court adjourned with no date fixed.

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