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Kenyatta Boynes’ appeal against murder & attempted murder convictions dismissed

Kenyatta Boynes’ appeal against murder & attempted murder convictions dismissed

Kenyatta Boynes aka ‘Yhats’, who is serving life imprisonment with eligibility of parole after 30 years for murder and attempted murder, recently saw his challenge to the convictions dismissed in the Court of Appeal.

Boynes was in October 2016 found guilty of the shooting to death of Paul Prentice and attempted murder of another man, committed on December 14, 2014, in Road Town. His life sentence was handed down in the High Court on February 6, 2017.

He had also received a 10-year sentence for the attempted murder charge.

Boynes, who was represented by Paul Taylor QC in the Court of Appeal, contended among other things, that the trial judge erred in that she failed to direct the jury properly in accordance with section 112 of the Evidence Act and the Turnbull guidelines, in relation to recognition evidence and supporting evidence, wrongly admitted evidence of CCTV images which were inadmissible and misdirected the jury in relation to the CCTV evidence.

Kenyatta Boynes was in October 2016 found guilty of the shooting to death of Paul Prentice (in photo) and attempted murder of another man, committed on December 14, 2014, in Road Town.


Appeal dismissed


The Appeal’s Court; however, dismissed the appeal and affirmed Boynes’ conviction.

Justices of Appeal Mario Michel and Paul Webster concluded that there was no miscarriage of justice and were of “the considered view that all of the grounds of appeal advanced on behalf of the appellant are unmeritorious. The appeal is therefore dismissed, and the appellant’s conviction is affirmed.”

The decision was handed down on February 23, 2022, and published on the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court’s website.

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