Privy Council turns back two murder appeals

The Privy Council has refused to hear appeals in two Bermudian murder cases.

The Court said it had declined permission to appeal the cases of Wolda Gardner and Jaquii Pearman DeSilva, who were convicted of the murders of Malcolm Augustus and Prince Edness, respectively.

In both cases, the Privy Council found that there was “no risk” a serious miscarriage of justice had happened.

Gardner was sentenced in July 2015 to 20 years behind bars for the murder of Mr Augustus, who was shot dead near Wellington Back Road in St George’s on Christmas Eve, 2012.

He was also convicted of the 2010 murder of George Lynch, but that conviction was successfully overturned in 2016 after the Court of Appeal found evidence used in the trial should not have been admitted.

Mr DeSilva was jailed for life in October 2015 for the fatal shooting of Mr Edness.

Mr Edness, a 29-year-old self-proclaimed drug dealer and known gang member, was shot outside a Southampton house two weeks after he walked free from court, having been cleared of the 2006 murder of teenager ?Jason Lightbourne.

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