Delay In Sentencing Over Independence Holiday Murder


Tribune Staff Reporter


A MAN must wait an additional week before he is sentenced concerning a murder that occurred on a national holiday more than four years ago.

Ormand Leon, 25, reappeared in the Supreme Court yesterday before Justice Bernard Turner, two months after a jury unanimously convicted him of murdering Francisco Hanna on July 10, 2011, in Wilson Tract.

However an outstanding probation report concerning Leon’s social background resulted in an adjournment of sentencing until January 27.

Hanna was shot twice in the chest and three times in his right arm. He died of his injuries at the scene.

At trial, the prosecution produced a video confession of Leon telling police how he and his alleged accomplice had followed Hanna on the night in question, switched cars after almost being found out and then fled the area after the shooting.

Leon contended that the video confession was the result of inducement for his release from custody at the time. However, he exercised his right to remain silent when called on to give a defence.

Dennis Mather, 24, Leon’s alleged accomplice, was acquitted days prior to the verdict following the direction of Justice Turner to the jury that stemmed from legal submissions held in the panel’s absence on the close of the Crown’s case against the pair.

Both Leon and Mather had maintained their innocence in Hanna’s death and were respectively represented by Terrel Butler and Damian Whyte.

Darnell Dorsett prosecuted the case.

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