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Criminal assizes close today


The first criminal assizes for 2012 will close today, March 27 with two sentencing matters set down for hearing.{{more}}

The closing will take place at the High Court where both sentences will be delivered.

Convicted murderers Che Bute and Azari Ash will be sentenced today for the December 2007 murder of Lloyd “Lazo” Samuel.

The Redemption Sharpes residents were convicted on July 27, 2011 after nearly three hours of deliberations by the jury.

Director of Public Prosecution Colin Williams has already indicated that he will be seeking the death penalty for both men.

The men were also convicted on charges of possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm with intent to injure, and unlawful use of a firearm.

Three Trinidadian men will also face the court in a sentencing matter for possession of 214,288 grams (472 pounds) of cannabis.

Attorney Grant Connell represents the men in the matter.

The assizes were held with simultaneous sittings of the court. Jamaican judge Wesley James and resident Judge Frederick Bruce-Lyle presided over the trials.

Crown Counsel Colin John, Carl Williams and Sejilla McDowall and Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Colin Williams led the cases for the prosecution.