One of the two men convicted for the deaths of six young women who perished in a fire at the Campus Trendz clothing store six years ago is appealing his six concurrent life sentences.
On August 15, 2012, Madame Justice Elneth Kentish ruled that Renaldo Anderson Alleyne, of Prescod Bottom, Hindsbury Road, St Michael, would spend the rest of his life behind bars for the manslaughter of Pearl Cornelius, Shana Griffith, Kellisha Olliviere, Tiffany Harding, Nikita Belgrave and Kelly-Ann Welch who died on September 3, 2010, in a horrific fire at the Bridgetown store.
On June 1, 2011, Alleyne pleaded not guilty to murder but admitted to manslaughter. His co-accused, Jamar Bynoe, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to hang in July this year.
In the Supreme Court today, attorney-at-law Arthur Holder in association with Roy Hurley, submitted an appeal to the sentences imposed on Alleyne on three grounds: that the trial judge failed to follow established guidelines in arriving at a sentence of life imprisonment; that the sentences were excessive; and that the appellant was entitled to a discount for his guilty plea.
Holder also presented case law to the appeal judges, including the matter of Roland Jack Forster Hodgson.
The veteran attorney charged that while the judge in Alleyne’s trial may have observed two of the three criteria for imposing a life sentence, as identified in the Hodgson matter, she failed to utilize the other that speaks to “where it appears from the nature of the offences or from the defendant’s history, that he is of unstable character likely to commit such offences in the future.”
He argued that the criteria are “accumulative” and one could not be enforced without the other. As such, Holder said, the life sentences would be invalidated.
The attorney submitted that Alleyne should not have been sentenced to six terms of life imprisonment which are “indeterminate”, but rather given a “determinate” sentence which is a fixed number of years of incarceration, as well as a discount for his early plea.
Following Holder’s submission, the matter was adjourned until next Wednesday for the court to be provided with a copy of the psychological report on Alleyne, and for Principal Crown Counsel Anthony Blackman and Crown Counsel Krystal Delaney to reply.