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Bermuda judge criticised for saying murder trial was making him ‘horny’

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Witness was talking about former sexual partners

A now-retired judge in the British overseas territory of Bermuda has come under fire for reportedly saying he was getting “horny” in the middle of a murder trial.

Carlisle Greaves, who served until last month as a junior Supreme Court judge, is said to have made the shocking remark as a witness gave evidence during the trial of Khyri Smith-Williams for the 2011 killing of Colford Ferguson.

The Royal Gazette reports that a witness, Troy Harris, told the court that he and Smith-Williams had former sexual partners in common, to which Greaves is said to have replied: “All this sex is beginning to get me horny.”

Eventually, Smith-Williams was found guilty and jailed for 35 years.

The judge’s comments came to light after Smith-Williams’ lawyer, Jerome Lynch, took the case to the Court of Appeal, claiming that the judge acted inappropriately during the trial.

Although it rejected his appeal, a ruling published last month reveals judge Sir Maurice Kay criticised Greaves’s remarks.

Mr Justice Kay said:

“In particular, his comment ‘all this sex is beginning to get me horny’ was inappropriate and inimical to the dignity of court proceedings. Mr Lynch was justified in criticising it. However, I do not believe that it damaged the defence or had the potential to undermine the safety of the conviction.”

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Lynch also raised concerns over how Greaves conducted himself during Harris’ evidence, arguing he had not done enough to “censure” Harris’ use of inappropriate language. In transcripts submitted to the court, Harris swears repeatedly and refers to other people involved in the case as “f*****t” and “f***ing p***y”.

But Mr Justice Kay again found Greaves’ action — or lack of it — was not prejudicial to the trial. He said:

“Anybody familiar with serious criminal trials, in this jurisdiction in recent years, knows the judge has a very personal style, whereby he engages with witnesses, defendants, juries and advocates in an informal way, often using casual language and rich metaphors.”

Mr Justice Kay continued: “In relation to Harris, it was important that the judge should facilitate his evidence, whatever it turned out to be.”

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14 Comments

JDP

*Searches Westlaw for case report*

Rob

Bermuda is like the other offshore jurisdictions: packed with second rate, failed lawyers.

Anon

Ouch! So true, though.

Anon

Hey LegalCheek, how about some coverage on the most constitutionally important case in generations instead? Would love to read your take.

Anon 2

That would involve work beyond quoting how many trainees some random law firm retained, or trawling the feeds of the “Legal Twitterati” so I’m going to guess that won’t happen.

Albert Venn

Though arguments about justiciability would get me horny.

Its John Stamos

You actually think the daily mail of the legal world would post-constitutional tosh. Legal cheek is reserved for comments, tabloid-style news on law bloggers, tabloid-style news on lawyers who have been reprimanded, cash, Kardashian law-facts, articles on how STEM students are smart and work harder than law students and the occasional report on careers

Hackmeister

This is not the Daily Mail of the legal world. The Daily Mail is read by millions of people…

Archibald Pomp O'City

Fuck off. Who wants to read about Brexit here?

Anonymous

LC is a legal gossip/student-oriented outlet. They themselves know that. If you want hot takes on the Miller case, go somewhere else.

Wellbeing at the Bar

I feel horny everyone I look at myself naked in the mirror and mouth the words “hot yoga”

Rex

It was said that Lord Chief Justice Goddard used to get horny during murder trials.

Usually when passing death sentences…

Can anyone confirm whether this is recorded anywhere or is it just a nasty rumour?

Lord Shitforbrains

Google Goddard Trousers.

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