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COA rejects man’s leave to appeal his conviction

The Court of Appeal on Thursday rejected a move by Deon Watson to reopen his appeal against convictions for three counts of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Watson and another were accused of the May 31, 2012 armed robbery of Scotiabank at Stella Maris, Long Island, after two masked gunmen stormed the bank and fired shots while demanding cash.

The robbers escaped with $5,000 cash, and Watson was arrested a short time later on a Boston Whaler.

Watson was acquitted of armed robbery but convicted of three counts of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment following a trial in 2016.

Watson’s convictions and sentences were affirmed in 2020. However, he sought to have a new appeal on the basis that he should have been in the Magistrates’ Court for the firearms offenses.

Delivering the court’s decision, Justice of Appeal Jon Isaacs said, “We are all of the opinion that your application to reopen your appeal has no merit. I told you on a previous occasion that you have been charged with armed robbery, which is an indictable offense. You were tried along with the firearm offenses because the Supreme Court has the jurisdiction to hear those cases since they were charged together.”

Isaacs told Watson that his final avenue of appeal was the Privy Council.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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