Judgment stands

Court upholds Campus Trendz sentence

Six years after being sentenced to six concurrent life terms for killing six young women in the Campus Trendz fire on Tudor Street, The City, Renaldo Anderson Alleyne’s challenge against his sentence was this morning dismissed by the Court of Appeal.

In delivering the judgment on behalf of a three-member panel of appellate judges, president of the court, Madam Justice Sandra Mason, ordered the 28-year-old to continue on with his life sentences, without any reduction of time for good behaviour.

FLASHBACK: Firemen battling the blaze at Campus Trendz where six young women perished in September, 2010. Inset Renaldo Anderson Alleyne

“Having been satisfied that the sentences imposed are neither wrong in principle, manifestly excessive or disproportionate, the appeal is dismissed and the sentences affirmed,” the judge ruled.

Mason and her colleagues, Justices Kaye Goodridge and Andrew Burgess, agreed with the trial judge that the sentences were justified, given the “ghastly” facts of the case and taking into account the relevant legal principles.

The Court of Appeal also accepted the High Court’s ruling that Alleyne’s life terms were necessary for the safety of the public and in furtherance of the administration of justice.

Based on the evidence presented in the case, Alleyne and an accomplice, Jamar Dewayne Bynoe, who was convicted last year, entered Campus Trendz Boutique on Friday, September 3, 2010, sometime
around 7 p.m.

And while Bynoe, who was brandishing a knife, demanded money from the cash till, Alleyne reportedly threw two Molotov cocktails – one into the clothing store and another by the door, causing the business place to go up in flames.

As a result, 18-year-old Shanna Griffith, an employee of the store, was immediately rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) where she was pronounced dead. Five other women – Pearl Cornelius, Kellishaw Olliviere, Tiffany Harding, Nikita Belgrave and Kelly-Ann Welch – died at the scene.

In its judgment this morning, the Court of Appeal noted that Alleyne allowed himself to be induced by another to take part in the “reprehensible venture”; therefore the three justices contended that he may be similarly persuaded to repeat the act if returned to open society.

“Consequently, the possibility of our appellant being a danger to the public in the future cannot be ruled out given his personal history, his propensity to be a follower, his evident lack of mental acuity and his proven ability to participate in the conceptualization, planning and execution of a heinous crime such as this.”

Mason also described the facts of the case as harrowing, especially considering that it involved “snuffing out the lives” of six young women by “the greedy, callous and uncaring actions of the appellant”.

“We are in consonance with the belief that the culpable causing of another’s death can be regarded as the most serious in the criminal calendar and that the harm caused by manslaughter, being so absolutely irremediable by its finality, deserves the harshest of punishment,” the Court of Appeal president added.  The appellant was represented by attorney-at-law Arthur Holder, while Principal Crown Counsel Anthony Blackman, in association with Senior Crown Counsel Krystal Delaney and Crown Counsel Neville Watson, appeared for the state.


18 Responses to Judgment stands

  1. Nikolai Gibson
    Nikolai Gibson October 4, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Only 6 ? Man everybody involved should still be in jail when all the water in the sea dry up and I can walk straight to Dominica to carry bottled water.

  2. hcalndre October 5, 2017 at 12:05 am

    First thing, the appeal should have been thrown out. They should have gotten 6 life sentences or 150 years in jail without parole and maybe they would have been sentence to death in some states even if it took 25 years.

  3. John Everatt October 5, 2017 at 12:47 am

    I applaud this decision. Anyone that performs such a crime as this is a danger to society and needs to be locked away for the rest of their lives. I am against capital punishment but in this case I would be willing to make an exception.

  4. Mark My Word October 5, 2017 at 1:11 am

    Good decision, keep them in jail before somebody get charge for murdering both of them

  5. straight talk October 5, 2017 at 1:56 am

    Rotten in there

  6. Greengiant October 5, 2017 at 6:58 am

    They are however entitled to a reduction of time for good behavior. This I believe is a stipulation under the prison’s act.

    While I do agree, the time fits the crime, these young men like several before them, should be entitled to the benefits of rehabilitation. They’re still very young men, so like murderers they should have the same opportunity to work towards their eventual freedom if earned. The main contention here is not the act, but if they understood the possibility of the use of the cocktails causing the death of others? Was there intent to kill? Or was the deaths really caused by the ignorance of not understanding the capability of the weapon in their hands. I’m not one for the trial in the people’s court of public emotions or opinion.

    • Kevin October 5, 2017 at 9:25 am

      It was whole SIX, not one, SIX LIVES.

  7. fedup October 5, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Who is the “expert” writing bout getting time off fuh good behaviour? You read the article? They are NOT getting any..so stop! steupse.

  8. orlando October 5, 2017 at 7:57 am

    greengiant you only got talk . ok so i take notice. but you should really stop commenting in this paper leavw that for the rum shop so someone can smack you upside your head. just shut up

    • roger headley October 5, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Orlando, I will earn a smack too because I agree with Greengiant

  9. andyg October 5, 2017 at 10:28 am

    do you folks realize he will be walking the streets in fourteen years.plsssssssss.there are concurrent sentences. life time is fourteen years. one year jail time is nine months.he got a slap on the wrist

    • charjoy October 5, 2017 at 10:50 am

      When he leaves Dodds I hope the first place he goes is by Green Giant and his sidekick Roger H and their daughters and let dem rehab his murdering ass. Like a Woodstock affair, forgiveness fest…love peace and joy.

  10. Native Bajan October 5, 2017 at 11:06 am

    If it were that that this waste of human matter were to be let out of jail I would like to be the one waiting at the gate with six Rottweilers and two Pit-bulls unfed for that day!

  11. Thunder October 5, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    This awe is still heartbreaking just reading it,but a strong message must be sent to him,6 lives were lost because of his disregard for life, it is also true no one could predict how these women wouild have respond to his actions,but just throwing cocktails into the building was stupid.
    I hope other younsters will look on and see how crime can turn ugly in seconds,and whether he likes it or not,he will always be remembered for causing the death of six beautiful women who had their whole lives ahead of them.
    You have thrown your entire life away,all because of greed you want to be free,yet you chose to take the life of 6 women away,I hope you see that crime never pays!

  12. Sue Donym October 5, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Wuhloss! Death by ignorance, @Greengiant? One Molotov cocktail inside and one at the door – that doesn’t sound like they were planning to meet the ladies later that evening. In case you missed it, the trial was in our country’s law courts and the sentence was for how they behaved on Sep 03, 2010, not how they might behave now that they see life from inside Dodds.

  13. tedd October 5, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    six sentences at six years each consecutively results in 36 years
    considering a prison year is 9 months( maybe someone cant count to twelve) equals 27 years
    this means he will be released at 49 years old, but the six girls would still be dead and their potential not realised.

    is this justice for the victims and their loved ones
    is this a deterrent for others

    • Sue Donym October 5, 2017 at 5:27 pm

      @tedd: Six concurrent life terms!

  14. Alex Alleyne October 5, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Greengiant, you most of the time are close or on the ball , but with this one you way out in left field.
    It’s persons like them that DODDS was built for cos we can’t hang a fella. Plenty more out there with the GUNS will be joining them soon. My wish is that the Undertaker get them all first and save the TAX PAYER a few bucks.


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