Case details

Chandler (Appellant) v The State (Respondent) (Trinidad and Tobago)

Case ID: JCPC 2016/0025

Jurisdiction: The Court of Appeal of Trinidad and Tobago

Case summary

  1. Whether fresh evidence of the Appellant’s mental illness should be admitted, and casts doubt on the safety of his conviction and appropriateness of the death sentence;
  2. Whether the judge erred in his directions relating to bad character evidence of a subsequent incident.

The appellant was convicted of murder following a re-trial (the first trial having ended with the jury unable to reach a unanimous verdict). He was sentenced to death by hanging. The death occurred while the appellant was a remand prisoner; he was seen chasing a fellow prisoner (who died of stab wounds) across the prison yard, and was apprehended in possession of an improvised weapon. He has now been assessed by a forensic psychologist, Professor Nigel Eastman, who concluded that the appellant suffers from episodes of psychosis. The appellant applies for that fresh evidence to be admitted on appeal, since he submits that it casts doubt on the safety of his conviction.



Jay Chandler


The State



Lord Kerr, Lord Sumption, Lord Reed, Lord Carnwath, Lord Lloyd-Jones

Hearing start date

16 Jan 2018

Hearing finish date

16 Jan 2018

Watch hearing
16 Jan 2018 Morning session