Court: Jaquii Pearman-DeSilva Appeal Dismissed

November 22, 2017

Jaquii Pearman-DeSilva — who was convicted of the murder of Prince Edness — has his appeal dismissed by Bermuda’s Court of Appeal.

The ruling said, “The Appellant, Jaquii Pearman-DeSilva, was convicted in the Supreme Court on 15 September 2015 of the murder of Prince Edness [“the deceased”].

“He was also 2 convicted of two counts of using a firearm to commit an indictable offence, contrary to section 26A of the Firearms Act 1973 and two further counts of possessing a firearm and ammunition, contrary to sections 2 and 3 of the same Act. All the convictions were by a majority of 11 to 1.

“He was subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder with 10 years’ imprisonment concurrent for the other offences and an order made that he serve 35 years before consideration of eligibility for parole. He appeals against conviction.”

The noting their conclusion, the Court of Appeal said, “The Appellant called no evidence to refute the inferences that could be drawn from these various strands of evidence, either individually or collectively, and I am satisfied that if the judge had correctly directed the jury as to the hearsay evidence introduced by the co-defendant and never relied on by the Crown, the jury would have reached the same result. Accordingly, I would dismiss the appeal.”

The full judgement follows below [PDF here]:

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