Monday, August 1, 2005
Barbados will be the first to take a death penalty case to the Caribbean court of Justice that replaced the colonial-era Privy Council as the country's highest court of appeal.
Barbados will ask the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court to restore death sentences against Lennox Boyce, 28, and Jeffrey Joseph, 29, Attorney- General Mia Mottley has reported. The pair was convicted and sentenced to hang in 2002 for the murder of a 22-year-old woman.
The Barbados High Court commuted their sentences to life imprisonment in June, ruling they would likely be on death row for an inhumanely long time while they wait for their cases to be heard in the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights.