Seven murder cases are on the cause list for the January session of the criminal court which gets underway this morning (Tuesday) at the High Court in Roseau.
Among the cases is the retrial of Manuella Willliams, Loretta and Herbert Xavier of Soufriere who were jailed for 15 years after a jury found them guilty of killing their brother, Harison Williams, in 2010.
They appealed the conviction and the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) upheld that “major errors” were made during the trial by Judge Brian Cottle.
Their conviction was subsequently quashed by the ECSC in November 2014, and they were granted bail in the sum of EC$250,000 each with sureties and placed on curfew.
Lawyer Dawn Yearwood Stewart, who is representing the siblings, applied for their release on bail even though the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) filed new indictments on them for the January criminal assizes.
Among their bail conditions is that they are not to be seen in any public places except in “church”.
The other murder cases are that of Vivian Charles, Clarence Lewis, Bernie Samuel, Daniel Elton Bannis, Asha James, Reginald Mann and Mckenley Williams.
Also, Orlando Royer will be tried for causing death by reckless driving.
Other matters include indecent assault, drug trafficking and unlawful sexual intercourse.