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St Thomas shopkeeper murder conviction appeal thrown out

Published:Thursday | August 8, 2013 | 1:45 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

The Court of Appeal has thrown out the appeal of 35-year-old shopkeeper Paul Murphy who was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2009 for the murder of two employees of the Unipet gas station in Seafort.

Mark Brown and Damion Archer were shot and killed in September 1999 during an attempted robbery at the gas station.

At the trial Murphy denied being involved in the robbery.

The main witness for the prosecution was a former employee at the gas station who was shot during the incident.

He testified that on the day in question Murphy came into the gas station demanding money and a gun.

Murphy was sentenced to life in prison and was ordered to served 40 years before he can be paroled.

He filed an appeal on the grounds that the judge failed to direct the jury adequately on the weaknesses in the identification of evidence.

In dismissing the appeal, the court ruled that the judge dealt adequately with the issue.


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