STATE OPENS CASE AGAINST CANJET GUNMAN STEPHEN FRAY

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STATE OPENS CASE AGAINST CANJET GUNMAN STEPHEN FRAY

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STATE OPENS CASE AGAINST CANJET GUNMAN STEPHEN FRAY
BY PAT ROXBOROUGH-WRIGHT Editor-at-Large Western Bureau roxboroughp@jamaicaobserver.com
Tuesday, July 14, 2009

MONTEGO BAY, St James - Public Prosecutor Jeremy Taylor yesterday opened the State's case against Stephen Fray, who incurred a slew of criminal charges arising from his April 19 escapade at the Sangster International Airport, when he held 159 passengers on CanJet Flight 918 hostage at gunpoint for some four hours.

The charges, which are being heard in the Western Regional Gun Court before Supreme Court Judge Sarah Thompson James, include illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, shooting with intent, robbery with aggravation, and breaches of the Civil Aviation Act.

The CanJet plane Flight 918, sits on the tarmac of the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Fray held hostage members of the crew (eight in total) and 159 passengers who were on board at the time for a short while before releasing all passengers and two members of the crew. No member of the aircraft's crew or any passengers have been hurt. (Photo: Pat Roxborough-Wright)

The 21-year-old Fray has pleaded not guilty to the charges which were levelled against him almost three weeks after he was disarmed and taken off the flight. However, his lawyers, George and Martin Thomas, are planning to argue for a special verdict under Section 25 the Criminal Justice (Administration) Act.

According to that section of the Act, which deals with the arraignment and trial of insane persons, if Fray's lawyers are able, on a balance of probabilities, to convince the judge that Fray didn't know what he was doing or that if he did, he didn't know that what he was doing was wrong, he'll be entitled to a special verdict of guilty by reason of insanity.

This in turn will empower the judge to order that he be incarcerated in an appropriate mental facility until such time as the governor general deems his conditional discharge appropriate.

Fray was last month deemed fit to stand trial by two psychiatrists - Dr Wendel Abel, who was hired by the Fray family and Dr Kevin Goulbourne, the Government's consultant - although he exhibited signs of paranoid schizophrenia.

Fray also has a case to answer in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court for assaulting a woman.
However, this was yesterday postponed to August 24 to facilitate the charges which are currently being heard in the Western Regional Gun Court.

In the meantime, Taylor is warning the media not to publish any more footage of Fray, as this amounts to a breach of Section 33 of the Criminal Justice Act.

According to Taylor, although his office will not be taking action against the media for previous infringements of the Act, he would be moving vigorously against future infringements.

Under section 33 of the Act, breaches are punishable with a $20 fine in default of which a maximum imprisonment term of one month may be imposed.

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Re: STATE OPENS CASE AGAINST CANJET GUNMAN STEPHEN FRAY

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CANJET FLIGHT 918 HOSTAGE CASE BACK IN COURT
Tuesday, September 15, 2009

MONTEGO BAY, St James - The crown is today expected to wrap up its case against Stephen Fray, the Jamaican man who held the crew and passengers of CanJet Flight 918 in April hostage at the Sangster International Airport.

The in-camera hearing continued yesterday at the Western Regional Gun Court, with one of the three Canadian witnesses testifying. She told the court how she managed to disarm the accused of the gun he had taken aboard the aeroplane just before its departure to Cuba, enroute to Canada.

A member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force also gave evidence in court, which is being held before Justice Sarah Thompson James.

Fray, 21, has been charged with a slew of criminal offences, including nine counts of illegal possession of firearm, two counts of illegal possession of ammunition and shooting with intent.

His lawyer George Thomas yesterday told reporters that he expects to begin his submission tomorrow, which he said, would last for two days.

Fray also has a case to answer in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court for assaulting a woman.

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