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What the Privy Council will determine in Fray's appeal

Published:Friday | August 22, 2014 | 9:45 AM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The United Kingdom-based Privy Council is to be asked to determine if the local court erred when it rejected expert evidence that Jamaican Stephen Fray was suffering from a mental disorder when he high-jacked a Canada-bound plane in 2009.

The Privy Council has granted an application for Fray, who is being represented by attorney-at-law Jacqueline Samuels-Brown, to appeal against his conviction and sentence.

The Privy Council will also be asked to determine if the appeals court misinterpreted section 25A of the Criminal Justice Reform Act which addresses matters of mental disorders.

The Privy Council will be asked to determine if the local court ought to have considered an order for psychiatric treatment for Fray rather than imprisonment.

No date has yet to be set for the appeal to be heard.

Fray was sentenced to a total of 83 years in prison on the charges related to the Canjet attempted hijacking but he is serving 20 years because the sentences are running at the same time.

Fray's attorney maintains that he was mentally ill in April 2009, when he attempted to highjack the Canjet flight at the Sangster International Airport.

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