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Former soldier convicted of quadruple murder loses appeal

Published:Friday | July 31, 2015 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

The Court of Appeal has upheld the conviction of former Jamaica Defence Force corporal Leslie Moodie, but has overturned his sentence of death.

The former JDF soldier was convicted in 2010 for the murders of four men in a nightclub along Washington Boulevard in St Andrew.

In its ruling today, the appeal court noted that it was the trial judge who imposed the sentence of death even though the sentence was not sought by the prosecution.

The Court of Appeal has ordered that the matter go back to the Supreme Court for a sentencing hearing.

It is likely that Moodie will be sentenced to life imprisonment and he will be ordered to serve a set number of years before being eligible for parole.

The shooting incident involving the former soldier happened in October 2008 at the Diamond Lounge Gaming Club.

The prosecution led evidence at the trial in the Home Circuit Court that it was Moodie who fired shots in the club, killing the four and injuring several others.

The witnesses said about 4 o’clock on the morning of October 20, 2008, Moodie was having drinks in the club and was harassing a female patron.

Persons in the club cautioned him about his behaviour and he began firing shots.

In handing down sentencing, Justice Horace Marsh said the murders were exceptional and extreme and there was nothing to show that Moodie was remorseful or there was any possibility of reform.