The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) delivered a judgement this afternoon on the murder case involving Calaney Flowers. Flowers was acquitted of the charge in the Supreme Court of Belize but the Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl Lyn Vidal, appealed the acquittal. The matter was then handed over to the Court of Appeal but was subsequently dismissed. Back in June, arguments were heard on the interpretation of Section 49 of the Court of Appeal Act and the Section 65C of the Indictable Procedure Act. The DPP sought to redress the appeal and it was allowed, as mentioned by Presiding Judge, Justin Saunders.
Judge Justice Saunders, Presiding Judge, Caribbean Court of Justice: “The court is in a position to pronounce those orders. We shall deliver the court’s written judgment that will embody the reason for the orders in due course but as a of now I can say that the appeal is allowed with reasons to follow. The orders prayed for by the Director of Public Prosecutions are granted mainly that section 65 C (3) of the Indictable Procedure Act gives the DPP a right of appeal against the verdict of acquittal of a judge in the trial conducted without jury and the decision by the Court of Appeal dismissing the application by the DPP for want of jurisdiction is set aside. In criminals matters we make no order as to cost.”
Calaney Flowers was initially charged with murder in August 2012 when she allegedly ran over her ex-boyfriend with her car on Freetown Road, Belize City. The victim, Lyndon Morrison was along with his girlfriend, Sochyl Sosa, who survived the incident. Flowers was acquitted in March 2017 after being on remand for five years at the Belize Central Prison.