Life sentences in prison for two men still stand

vlcsnap-2013-06-17-19h03m47s139They were accused of cold-blooded murders in 2002 –after robbing bottling giants Bowen and Bowen, then fleeing the country. First tried and convicted in 2004, the cases of Leslie Pipersburgh and Patrick Robateau have gone as far as London, England and the Privy Council to be decided. But after a re-trial in April of 2011, they still stood convicted of two of the four murders that took place nine years ago –security guards Kevin Alvarez and Fidel Mai while robbing the Bowen compound on Slaughterhouse Road. Today they returned to the Court of Appeal for the second time arguing new grounds. Senior Counsel Simeon Sampson, appearing vlcsnap-2013-06-17-19h03m57s230for Robateau, claimed that the statement his client gave to Ambassador Salvador Figueroa while in detention after being caught at the Mexico-U.S. border should not have been used against him as Figueroa was acting in the capacity of an investigator and should have informed Robateau of his rights before questioning him. Meanwhile, Pipersburgh and his attorney Bryan Neal argued that he was never identified shooting at anyone, and therefore is a robber, but not a killer. They argue that the trial judge misdirected the jury as to secondary participation in a crime which results in another crime – in this case, robbery and murder. Pipersburgh denies ever conspiring to kill anyone, only to rob Bowen and Bowen. Ultimately, the court denied both appeals, promising their reasons at a later date. This means that the life sentences in prison for both men still stand. DPP Cheryl-Lynn Vidal represented the Crown in the case.

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