Court of Appeal reduces Jay Chin’s life sentence

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The appeal by former businesswoman, Jay Marie Chin, against her conviction for murdering her ex-husband Raymond Chin, has been dismissed; but the Court of Appeal has revised her life sentence to 25 years in jail.
The ruling was handed down by Chief Justice Dame Janice Pereira and Supreme Court justices Louise Blenman and Paul Webster who heard the appeal in October last year.
Blenman was the author of the judgment and Dame Janice and Justice Webster concurred with her ruling to: “Dismiss the appeal and affirm the conviction; order that the sentence to life in prison be varied to a sentence of 25 years in prison; order that Jay Marie Chin shall be brought before the High Court for the review of her sentence on her completion of a period of 20 years.”
Chin had asked the court to rule that her conviction was “unsafe” and she alleged that the trial judge failed to give proper directions to the jury on several matters.
Her four main grounds of appeal were: “The trial judge failed to properly direct the jury on good character which resulted in the trial being rendered unsafe; …
(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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