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DPP APPEALS CALANEY FLOWERS ACQUITTAL

DPP APPEALS CALANEY FLOWERS ACQUITTAL
July 30
17:44 2018

The Director of Public Prosecutions has filed an appeal in the case of Calaney Flowers, 31, who was acquitted of the murder of her ex-boyfriend Lyndon Morrison in 2017.

The DPP’s office filed the appeal on July 25, on two grounds: that Flowers’ acquittal was unreasonable and cannot be supported having regard to the evidence; and that the trial judge erred in law for not considering the statutory alternative offence of manslaughter as set out in Section 126(1) of the Indictable Procedure Act.

Senior Crown Counsel Sheiniza Smith, who filed the appeal on the DPP’s behalf, explained that Flowers was in the United States awaiting the results of a deportation hearing. Appeals Justice Manuel Sosa said that the Court would be monitoring the results of the hearing to set a date for the appeal.

Police arrested and charged Flowers in 2012 for Morrison’s murder and attempted murder of Morrison’s girlfriend Sochel Sosa. The allegations were that she had hit Morrison and Sosa with her car on St. Thomas Street near the Freetown Road roundabout. Sosa managed to survive the ordeal; however Morrison’s injures were too severe.

In 2017, Justice Troadio Gonzalez said that based on the evidence, he could not find that Flowers had the legally required intention to kill for him to deliver a guilty verdict. Gonzalez warned Flowers on her release that she could still be found guilty on appeal. Flowers had been on remand for five years and left Belize shortly after she was set free.

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