20 September 2021 :
A Tobago man on 28 July 2021 was sentenced to hang for the 2009 double murder of two teenage boys whose bodies were found close to each other at French Fort, Scarborough.
Alvaro Ayers, also known as Josey Wales, was convicted by Justice Althea Alexis-Windsor at the end of a judge-only virtual trial.
He was sentenced to hang for the murders of Kolen Salandy 16, and Rondell Thomas, 15, on 19 September 2009.
Before the death sentence was read to him, Ayers insisted, “I am not guilty.”
Ayers was charged with another man, Gary Mohammed.
In October 2009, Mohammed was killed in a shootout with the police in the Moruga forest. He and another man were hiding in a camp when police approached them.
Ayers surrendered to the police.
He was represented by attorneys Amerelle Francis and Josiah Soo Hon.
An autopsy report said the teenagers died from blunt force cervical trauma and broken necks.
Giselle Ferguson-Heller prosecuted.