Skip to main content arrow-down arrow-tail-right arrow-triangle-right calendar camera compass download email eye facebook flag mail phone pin play send square-right tag twitter youtube badge message

Nigel Brown v The State

  • News
  • 14 Jul 2014

The death sentence for Nigel Brown has been commuted to a life term, with a minimum of 22 years, by the Trinidad Court of Appeal.

The Death Penalty Project assisted local counsel with submissions to the appeal court that fresh medical evidence, provided by Dr Richard Latham and Dr Tim Green, showed Mr Brown may not have been fit to plead, or alternatively possessed a defence of diminished responsibility.

The Death Penalty Project had previously assisted with Mr Brown’s petition before the Privy Council, which, in February 2012, referred the matter back to the Trinidad Court of Appeal to consider the safety of the conviction. (See here for further detail.)

Whilst the Court of Appeal rejected the claim that Mr Brown possessed only a limited understanding of his legal proceedings, or that his reasoning was impaired to the extent that he was not fully responsible for his actions, it commuted his death sentence to a life term, on account of the length of time Mr Brown had spent on death row.

Dr Latham and Dr Green both acted pro bono is in this matter. Julian Knowles QC and Mark Summers, both of Matrix Chambers, acted on behalf of Mr Brown before the Privy Council. Mr Knowles also assisted pro bono with the submissions before the Court of Appeal.

 

Photo credit: orangesparrow (Flickr, Creative Commons), https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

Latest news

People may change mind about death penalty, but government?
Read More
Dismantle the gallows! Sierra Leone becomes the latest country to abolish the death penalty
Read More
Sentenced to death for killing her abusive ex-boyfriend as he attacked her: Aminata's story shows the importance of considering mitigating circumstances
Read More
New research revealing the attitudes of Indonesians towards the death penalty provides new data that could facilitate fresh discourse on the future of capital punishment in the country
Read More
A punishment reserved for the poor and marginalised? New study shines light on the profiles and experiences of death row inmates in Bangladesh
Read More
The Death Penalty Project at CogX Festival 2021
Read More
Guyana’s Court of Appeal will today hear a landmark case that could see the death penalty abolished
Read More
Lawyer: Popular support a flawed reason for death penalty in Japan
Read More
[JOINT STATEMENT] UN Crime Congress: abolition of the death penalty must be an integral part of crime prevention programmes and criminal justice reforms
Read More
Malaysian man has death sentence quashed as judgment in Singapore makes judicial history
Read More
British national received 24 strokes of the cane for drug offences in Singapore
Read More
New report finds Zimbabwean opinion leaders support abolition of the death penalty
Read More
Privy Council overturns murder conviction of unrepresented man who faced the death penalty in The Bahamas
Read More
Report on the views of opinion leaders on the reasons why the death penalty has not been abolished in the Eastern Caribbean and Barbados
Read More
Second Execution in Taiwan under President Tsai: Huge step backwards to Taiwan’s commitment to abolish the death penalty
Read More

Stay up-to-date with our work