Privy Council denies Kofhe Goodman’s leave to appeal conviction

The country’s highest court has refused to hear the appeal of convicted murderer Kofhe Goodman.

The Privy Council denied Goodman leave to appeal his conviction and sentence for the 2011 murder of 11-year-old Marco Archer, saying his proposed appeal had no prospect of success.

The permission to appeal results were published on September 1.

Marco’s murder rocked the nation and triggered the introduction of the MARCO Alert System to send out telephone alerts when children are reported missing.

Marco was found dead five days after he failed to return to his home at Brougham Street, after going to an area store for candy on September 23, 2011.

His naked, maggot-covered body was found in bushes behind the apartment complex in Cable Beach where Goodman lived. The clothing he left home in — a gray Bob Marley shirt, khaki pants, blue Nike slippers and plaid boxer shorts — were found in a garbage bin in front of the complex.

Goodman was sentenced to hang following his first trial in 2013.

Referring to Goodman’s past convictions for sexual assault and violence against pre-pubescent boys, the sentencing judge, Bernard Turner, said, “This case is a clear and compelling case for the ultimate sentence of death, to satisfy the requirements of due punishment for the murder of this child and to protect society from any further predatory conduct by this convict at any time in the future.”

However, the Court of Appeal quashed the conviction and sentence in 2016 after finding that pretrial publicity and the behavior of his lawyer, who was found guilty of contempt of court, and a fight between jurors, affected the fairness of the trial.

Goodman was convicted on a retrial in 2017 and, in 2018, he was sentenced to 55 years, less the seven years he had spent on remand.

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Artesia Davis

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

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