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Lawyer Given Seven-Week Appeal Delay

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

A MAN challenging his conviction and 23-year sentence for attempted murder must wait seven weeks before his case is heard in the Court of Appeal.

Olain Escarment, 25, appeared in the appellate court yesterday with his lawyer Geoffrey Farquharson who had just been retained.

However, Mr Farquharson said he would require a number of weeks to be able to file submissions on behalf of his client before the substantive hearing.

The lawyer’s request was granted and the substantive hearing date was set for May 5.

Escarment was unanimously convicted last January of the April 8, 2011 attempted murder of Marcus Coakley.

The jury accepted Coakley’s testimony that the two were arguing over a woman when Escarment pulled out a gun and shot him.

However, Escarment claimed that the shooting was in self-defence and occurred when the two struggled for the gun, which, he said, belonged to Coakley.

Escarment was convicted and in February 2013, he was sentenced by Senior Justice Jon Isaacs to 23 years imprisonment.

However, the judge took into account the time Escarment had spent on remand awaiting trial. The sentence was reduced to 21 years and two months.

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