Albert Alexis will take a little longer to know his fate as his sentencing has again been postponed, this time to August 28.
Alexis’ attorney, Anslem Clouden on Monday sought to explain that his client’s case had to be adjourned because of a very inaccurate social inquiry report.
He told the media that someone from the Social Services department had gone to DeBlandeau and interviewed certain persons who, according to Clouden, gave rather adverse comments on the character of Mr. Alexis, which was not in any way helpful, noting that the names of the persons were not revealed and they couldn’t be called for cross examination.
In the attorney’s opinion, the special inquiry report against his client was fraudulent and therefore created a handicap for counsel and a lack of accurate information for the court.
The judge he added would have to administer a sentence in some measure based on the report that she receives from the social inquiry officer. Which is also known as a pre-sentencing report. Counsel then would have to be allowed to cross-examine those persons who have made such adverse comments against his client.
Clouden further explained that it was subsequently discovered that some of the persons had personal vendettas against Mr. Alexis.
“The court acceded to my application for an atonement so that we can now make diligent inquiries as to who the persons were and bring them in for direct examination and possibly for cross examination”, he stated
Mr. Alexis was originally due to be sentenced on Friday, July 21st, 2017, but the matter was then adjourned to Monday 24th July.
This last adjournment to August 28 is during the vacation of the assizes court however, the presiding judge, Madam Justice Paula Gilford, has agreed to hear the matter.
A nine-member jury, in May, found Sixty-two-year-old Alexis guilty of the May 2015 murder of 31-year-old Alison Henry of Plaisance, St. Andrew.
The jury arrived at the verdict following a trial at High Court No. 2 on The Carenage in St. George’s, before female Judge, Madam Justice Paula Gilford.