A brother and two sisters convicted of killing their brother will be told their fate on Friday when their sentences are read out to them at the high court.
The courtroom is expected to be packed when Justice Brian Cottle passes sentence on convicted murderers Herbert Xavier, Lauretta Xavier and Manuella Williams.
The three siblings from Soufriere were found guilty by a nine-member jury earlier this month on March 9, of murdering their brother Harrison Williams two years ago.
The jury concluded that the brother and two sisters murdered their brother Harrison on the 24th day of September, 2010 following an argument which began between Herbert Xavier and Harrison Williams.
Williams suffered multiple injuries to his head and also had two fractures to his ribs, among other injuries.
He was pronounced dead by a medical doctor on arrival at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH).
Herbert Xavier had told the court that his brother was the aggressor since he had struck him with a piece of wood and he (Herbert Xavier) was defending himself by striking him once.
Manuella and Lauretta denied beating their brother or taking part in the crime at all.
They are not expected to be sentenced to death, although that is the mandated sentence for murder.
That’s because of the “Pratt and Morgan” death sentence ruling by the London-based Privy Council, Dominica’s final appellate body, which ruled that the mandatory sentence of “death” was “inhumane or degrading” and should be commuted to “life imprisonment”.
In 1993, in the case of Pratt and Morgan v The Attorney General of Jamaica, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) held that a delay in excess of five years or more would constitute ‘cruel and inhuman treatment’ contrary to the Constitution of Jamaica.