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Appeals Court Reduces Sentence For Convicted Rapists

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St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Court of Appeals has reduced the sentences for the two former Defence Force soldiers convicted in March 2015 of raping a 16-year-old girl in 2011.

In May of 2015 Charles Bowry, also known as ‘Babash’ of Upper Bourkes Project, Sandy Point, and Jamal Phillip of Manchester Avenue, Newtown, were sentenced to 16 years imprisonment.

They appealed both their conviction and sentence.

The appellants went before the Justices of Appeal on Monday (December 4), represented by Dr. Henry Browne QC, Marissa Hobson-Newman and Ogrenville Browne.

The Justices dismissed the appeal of conviction, however accepted the pleas of the appellants’ attorneys that the sentence was a somewhat high given the men had clean records prior to the rape conviction.

The Justices ruled that the original sentence of 16 years each was in fact excessive for first time offenders, and reduced the sentences to 12 years in jail.