DPP argues no proper appeal for Kofhe Goodman

DPP argues no proper appeal for Kofhe Goodman
A police officer escorts 43-year-old Kofhe Goodman, pictured in a long-sleeve plaid blue shirt, from court (file photo)

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Court of Appeal yesterday dismissed an appeal of Kofhe Goodman’s 2018 murder conviction on the basis that there was no proper appeal before the court.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions yesterday objected to the proceedings.

“More than three years after the trial, there were no proper filings before the court, in compliance with the Court of Appeal Act,” DPP Garvin Gaskins told Eyewitness News.

“In the circumstances, the court held that there was nothing before the court.

“Mr. Goodman is at liberty to take whatever recourse the law permits.”

Goodman was represented by attorney Stanley Rolle.

The convicted murderer sentenced to 55 years imprisonment in 2018 for the murder of 11-year-old Marco Archer.

He has been convicted twice for Archer’s murder.

Archer was found dead in bushes behind an apartment complex on Yorkshire Drive back in 2011.

The sixth-grade student of Columbus Primary was reported missing after he failed to return home from the store purchasing candy.

Goodman was originally convicted of murdering Archer on August 2, 2013 and sentenced to death by hanging by Justice Bernard Turner on October 29, 2013.

The Court of Appeal (COA), however, overturned the conviction and sentence, ordering a retrial due to pre-trial publicity.

In May 2018, Supreme Court Justice Carolita Bethel ruled that Goodman would not face the death penalty for the crime.

Seven years was slashed from Goodman’s sentence for time already served.

The Crown withdrew its appeal seeking a death penalty sentence for Goodman in October and asked for the matter to be struck out.

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