Death by hanging!
That was the sentence imposed on Dwayne Omar Alleyne today by Madam Justice Jacqueline Cornelius in the No.5 Supreme Court.
It took a jury of eight women and four men just about an hour to return a unanimous guilty verdict for the February 2008 shooting death of Paul Hope, bringing to an end the trial which began on June 1.
Hope, 29, of Clarke’s Road, Ashton Hall, St Peter, was shot to death while at Maynards, St Peter.
The attorney-at-law for the accused, Angella Mitchell-Gittens, had argued that her client was not guilty because he had shot hope in self-defence.
“He killed where it’s [a case of] either kill or be killed and in those circumstances, [it was] lawful self-defence,” the defence lawyer had argued in her submission to the jury.
However, the 12-member panel rejected her argument and found that Alleyne, alias “Steppin”, of Maynards, St Peter, had deliberately murdered Hope.
Throughout the trial the now 30-year-old Alleyne displayed very little emotion, wearing a blank expression on his face.
And he displayed no outward sign of emotion when the verdict was read.
Moments later the serious-looking Alleyne was ushered out of the dock, down to the holding cell area and into a waiting police vehicle.
He was escorted back to the St Philip-based HMP Dodds by a police outrider.
Outside, his mother sat alone, waiting just beyond the court doors for the outcome. After the verdict she was given the news by attorney-at-law Lesley Cargill, who with lead attorney Mitchell-Gittens, represented her son.
Principal Crown Counsel Elwood Watts was the lead prosecutor with support from Acting Crown Cousel Krystal Delaney.
Alleyne had been on remand for the past eight years.
His lawyers left without commenting on the outcome and it was not immediately clear if they intended to appeal.
The last hangings to occur here was in 1984.