JAMAICA: CHILD KILLER'S DEATH SENTENCE OVERTURNED
March 26, 2012: In Jamaica, the death sentence of convicted St Mary child killer Jeffery Perry was overturned by the Court of Appeal after Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn, QC, conceded the Crown's case.
Llewellyn decided not to contest Perry's appeal because the wrong documents were filed by her office in the matter, the Observer was told.
The matter was adjourned until March 28 when arguments will be made as to what sentence will be imposed on Perry.
Perry is expected to be sentenced to life. What will be at issue is the number of years he will have to remain behind bars before he becomes eligible for parole.
On March 28, attorney Ravil Golding is expected to raise the issue of his client's mental condition during his arguments before justices Hazel Harris, Norma McDonald and Patrick Brooks.
In January 2005, Jamaica was rocked by the triple murders of four-year-old Shadice Williams; Dwayne Davidson, 15; and 13-year-old Suann Gordon. They were stabbed and their throats slashed as they slept at their home in Killancholly, St Mary.
Perry, a 34-year-old security guard and relative of the children, was convicted for the murders in the Home Circuit Court in 2009.
Perry had said in a caution statement to the police on February 8, 2005 that a voice told him to kill.
He took the police to the spot in Killancholly where the knife used to commit the murders was buried. (Sources: www.jamaicaobserver.com 27/03/2012)