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Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

From the possibility of facing the death row, to a life sentence, to now seeing the possibility of parole after serving 25 years of his life sentence was how the murder case concluded against Erlin White. White, the accused murderer of well-known businessman Dwayne Arnold, was finally given a fixed sentence after seventeen years in prison. The sentence was handed down on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by Chief Justice Kenneth A. Benjamin. White was first convicted of the murder of Arnold in 2002 and sentenced to death but after winning an appeal, he is now sentenced to life with the possibility of parole after 25-years. In essence, he will only have to spend an additional eight years before he is eligible for parole. The prosecutor in the case for the DPP’s office was Porsha-Staine Ferguson, while White was represented by attorney Leslie Mendez.

On Monday, February 11, 2002, Dwayne Arnold, owner of Electrical Zone Rebuilders located on Cemetery Road, was gunned down inside his store. White walked into the store and asked for the owner. When Arnold emerged from his office, White shot him in his head. He died while on the way to the KHMH. Only three days later, White was arraigned for the murder and in October 2003, he was found guilty in the Supreme Court. A jury found White, who was represented by attorney Oswald Twist, guilty of murder and he was sentenced to death by hanging. Twist later appealed the conviction and the appeal was upheld. The case was then forwarded to the Privy Council in London on July 30, 2010, where it was for seven years until a judgment was delivered by Sir John Dyson.  In court, White’s legal representative, Tim Owen, argued the grounds of the appeal stating that the judge failed to adopt the correct approach to the imposition of a discretionary sentence of death.  Owen also pointed out that the judge failed to adhere to the sentencing guidelines put forward by Chief Justice Abdulai Conteh.  Justice Dyson subsequently reduced White’s death sentence to life in prison.

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