Persons convicted of murder in Barbados can no longer be served with an automatic death sentence.
That is because this country’s final appellate court – the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) – this morning struck down the mandatory death penalty in Barbados.
The judgment was delivered by CCJ President Sir Dennis Byron in the appeal cases of Barbadian murder convicts Jabari Sensimania Nervais and Dwayne Omar Severin. Their cases were consolidated because both appeals challenged the murder convictions of each of the men and the constitutionality of the mandatory death sentence for murder in Barbados.
The court ruled that a section of the Offences Against the Person Act was unconstitutional because it provided for a mandatory sentence of death.
In addition, both men had their appeals against their conviction dismissed.
The CCJ also ordered that the appellants be expeditiously brought before the local Supreme Court for resentencing.