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Murderers Schemel "Jacket" Dunbar, left and Kendine "Hoodie" Douglas, outside High Court. No. 1 on May 22, 2023.
Murderers Schemel “Jacket” Dunbar, left and Kendine “Hoodie” Douglas, outside High Court. No. 1 on May 22, 2023.
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The sentencing of Schemel “Jacket” Dunbar, 34, and fellow murderers, Kendine “Hoodie” Douglas, 36, and Richard “Carib” Francis, 38, has been adjourned to July 31.

Francis, a former police officer, of Layou, pleaded guilty while Dunbar and Douglas, of Rillan Hill, were convicted of the May 4, 2017 shooting deaths of brothers Danroy Cozier, a 26-year-old police constable, and Nicholas Cozier, 19.

The sentencing was slated for Friday before Justice Brian Cottle, at High Court No. 1.

However, Crown Counsel Renee Simmons apologised to the court, saying that the Crown had not yet filed its sentencing submissions.

She said that since the conclusion of the matter in June, all three Crown counsel involved — the others being Director of Public Prosecution Sejilla McDowall and Crown Counsel Richie Maitland — have been involved in other capital matters before the courts.

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“As such, we require a bit more time to complete the submissions,” Simmons said, adding that the prosecution had begun the victim impact statement of the family of the deceased men and would endeavour to file both the submissions and victim impact statement by tomorrow (Monday).

Carl Williams, who represents Dunbar, did not resist the application for an adjournment, saying that although he had written his sentencing submission, he was yet to file them.

“I think I would just be accorded the opportunity also to do that,” Williams said.

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Richard “Carib” Francis is a May 2017 iWN photo.

Grant Connell, who represents Douglas, told the court that he had been patiently awaiting the prosecution’s submission to finalise his own submissions on sentencing.

“We, too, have experienced some delay so I would not object to that application at all,” Connell told the court.

Francis’ lawyer, Ronald “Ronny” Marks also had no objection, adding that the social inquiry report prepared in relation to Francis has not been filed on him or his client.

Marks said he would need this to guide his sentencing submission.

In his remarks to the convicted men, the judge said he would give their lawyers and the prosecution a little more time to provide the information that the court needs to pass sentencing.

Justice Cottle said there were some scheduling difficulties for the rest of this month, as the Court of Appeal will sit in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and when it does, he cannot sit.

He adjourned the sentencing to July 31, the last day the court sits before the summer break 

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