EX-SOLDIERS WANTS DEATH SENTENCE OVERTURNED

Former Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Coast Guards, Sherwin Hart, Deon Greenidge and Devon Gordon are challenging their death sentence for the August 2009 murder of Bartica gold miner Dwieve Kant Ramdass. 

Murdered: Dwieve Ramdas

In 2013, the trio was found guilty of the crime following a jury trial. They were sentenced to death by hanging by Justice Franklin Holder. 

It was previously reported that on the day in question, they were performing duties at Caiman Hole, Essequibo River when they forced Ramdass into their boat and relieved him of $17 million-monies belonging to his boss.

They then dumped Ramdass overboard. During a Case Management Conference (CMC) on Monday at the Court of Appeal, lawyers for the convicts indicated that they were in receipt of the records of appeal.

Attorneys-at-law Nigel Hughes and Latchmie Rahamat who are representing the men informed that they would be seeking leave to add additional grounds of appeal and to make submissions on the legality of the death sentence.

Hughes indicated that he will be leading fresh evidence on the lawfullness of the death penalty through expert witnesses. 

They include testimony from Professors at Middlesex University  and Columbia Law School. Once the submissions are laid over with the court, Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Dionne McCammon will be affored time to reply.

The convicted killers are asking the court to overturn their conviction and sentence on several grounds. The Court of Appeal will commence hearing arguments in the case on January 11, 2020.

Chancellor of the Judiciary Yonette Cummings-Edwards and Justices of Appeal Rishi Persaud and Dawn Gregory are the presiding Judges. 

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