Williams acquitted on appeal of hairdresser Eddy murder

POSTED: 11/6/11 2:11 PM

St. Maarten – The Common Court of Justice acquitted Calniff McGarry Cultico Williams this week of murdering Bruno Basilio on December 21, 2008. The Court in First Instance sentenced Williams in February to 15 years imprisonment for the brutal murder whereby Basilio, aka hairdresser Eddy, was stabbed eighteen times.
The judges in the common Court, mrs. H.J. van Kooten, J.R. Sijmonsma and C.P. van Gastel wrote in their ruling, “The court does not consider proven that the defendant did what he has been charged with. He must therefore be acquitted.”
The court ordered Williams’ immediate release on Thursday. He was immediately put in immigration detention awaiting his deportation to either his native St. Vincent and the Grenadines or to Canada, the country where he lived until arrested
In October, the Court in First Instance sentenced Williams to 3 months imprisonment for throwing a cup of hot tea in the face of a fellow prisoner.
A few days after Christmas 2008, Williams took a flight back to Canada, where he was initially arrested upon arrival, because his fingerprint did not match the identity displayed on his real passport. The prosecution said at his trial in February that the defendant had been living in Canada for years under a different name.
The Canadian authorities released him, only to re-arrest him on April 9, 2010. It took until March 10 before there was an order to extradite him to St. Maarten, where he arrived on March 20, 2010. In Canada, W. had a police record for sexual assault with a weapon, robbery and theft.
Because Williams spent a long time behind bars accused of a murder of which he has now been acquitted, executing the October sentence for throwing hot tea at a fellow-inmate has become a moot point.

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