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Appeal from convicted hijacker

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Appeal from convicted hijacker
2011-06-21

KINGSTON - The appeal of convicted hijacker Stephen Fray began yesterday with Queen's Counsel Jacqueline Samuels-Brown arguing that, based on the medical evidence, Fray should have been found guilty by reason of insanity.

Fray was convicted in October 2009 of attempting to hijack a Canadian-bound aircraft. He was sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment.

He was convicted on eight counts including illegal possession of a firearm, shooting with intent, robbery with aggravation, assault at common law, and breaches of the Airports Act arising from the attempted hijacking of the CanJet aircraft at the Sangster International Airport on April 19, 2009.

Fray is now serving his sentence at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, but Samuels-Brown said yesterday that when Fray committed the offence, he was suffering from a mental illness as understood in Jamaican law, specifically the Mental Health Act.

She said a sentence of 20 years in a prison facility such as that which exists in Jamaica would not help Fray or the society at large. She said the psychiatrists who testified at the trial spoke of other facilities available through government programmes and that option ought to have been explored.

Samuels-Brown argued that the judge said Dr. Wendel Abel and Dr. Kevin Goulbourne, the psychiatrists who examined Fray, gave conflicting evidence. She said the judge misinterpreted the evidence because the doctors did not contradict each other as they both said Fray was suffering from mental illness at the time of the incident.

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