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Negril man loses appeal, to serve 30-year sentence

Published:Saturday | March 21, 2015 | 9:39 AM

Thirty-four-year-old labourer Ervine Brown, also known as Marlon Robinson, of Negril, Westmoreland is to serve his 30-year prison term for the murder of businessman Delroy Campbell of Negril.

Campbell was shot dead at his home on January 2, 2007.

Brown had appealed against his conviction and sentence on the grounds that the judge did not adequately assist the jury to determine the fairness of the identification parade.

He contended that his identification parade was conducted in an unfair manner because he was denied the right to change his position in the line.

In dismissing his appeal, the Court of Appeal, said it was clear from the evidence that he was invited to choose his position in the line-up.
The court found that the judge gave full and careful directions to the jury on the issue of identification.

Evidence was given at the trial that a policeman, who lived near to the deceased Campbell, heard explosions on the night of the incident.

The policeman went in search of Brown and found him about 45 minutes later at a house at Nampriel Heights, Westmoreland.

He was taken into custody and subsequently arrested and charged.

Brown was also pointed out at an identification parade by a relative of the deceased.

A jury convicted Brown in May 2010 of Campbell's murder and he was ordered to serve 30 years at hard labour.