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Case details

James Miller (Appellant) v The King (Respondent) (Bahamas)

Case ID: JCPC 2019/0115

Jurisdiction: Court of Appeal of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas

Case summary


(1) Whether Mr Miller’s conviction for attempted murder is unsafe.
(2) Whether Mr Miller’s sentence should be reduced.


In 2009, Mr Miller was convicted of attempted murder, for which he was sentenced to life imprisonment. In 2016, the Bahamas Court of Appeal upheld his conviction but reduced his sentence to 40 years’ imprisonment. Mr Miller now appeals his conviction and sentence to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, arguing that: (i) the trial judge misdirected the jury as to the intent necessary for a conviction of attempted murder; and (ii) the sentence imposed by the Court of Appeal was excessive.



James Miller


The King



Lord Lloyd-Jones, Lord Burrows, Lord Stephens, Lady Rose, Lord Turnbull

Hearing start date

12 January 2023

Hearing finish date

12 January 2023

Watch hearing
12 January 2023 Morning session Afternoon session

Judgment details

Judgment date

13 March 2023

Neutral citation

[2023] UKPC 10