Court of Appeal cuts sentence for Charlestown double killing from 47 years to 26

-state agrees that consecutive terms not in accordance with legal principles

Ann Cham-A-Koon

Deeming a 47-year sentence imposed by Justice Navindra Singh against a man who had pleaded guilty to the unlawful killing of two Charlestown residents back in 2010 as being excessive, the Guyana Court of Appeal yesterday reduced the sentence to 26 years.

Appealing the sentence was William Lyte, whom the judge had jailed for 21 and 26 years respectively for the October 26th, 2010 killings of Ann Cham-A-Koon and Cedric Blackman.

Justice Singh had noted at the time of sentencing that the extra years imposed upon Lyte for Blackman’s killing, was because he was a relative of the dead man who had also been kind to him…..

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