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Delusions ‘alter killer’s behaviour’

HEATHER-LYNN EVANSON, heatherlyn@nationnews.com

Added 11 November 2017

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Convicted killer Lennox Boyce (right) in the company of orderlies from the Psychiatric Hospital as he left court yesterday. (Picture by Xtra Vision Photography.)

Convicted killer Lennox Boyce suffers from schizophrenia with paranoid delusions and at times this influences his behaviour.

This was revealed by Registrar of the Psychiatric Hospital Dr Ronald Chase as Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson sat to yesterday hear a progress report on Boyce in the No. 1 Supreme Court.

Boyce, who is now at the Psychiatric Hospital, is serving a life sentence for killing Marquelle Hippolyte in April 10, 1999. He was one of four who beat and killed the 22-year-old Hippolyte at Weston, St James. Co-accused Romaine Curtis Bend and Rodney Ricardo Murray pleaded guilty to manslaughter at the outset, after being charged for murder, spent 12 years in prison and were released.

However, Boyce and Jeffrey Joseph opted to go to trial and were convicted and sentenced to hang for murder. Every court turned down their appeals but their death sentences were eventually commuted to life in prison. Joseph was freed after the local Privy Council recommended his release.

Boyce is appearing before the Chief Justice, who is sitting as a first instance judge, in his resentencing matter after indeterminate life sentences were ruled unconstitutional.

Progress report

 

Yesterday, Chase, who read the progress report, said while Boyce was neither violent nor disruptive in occupational therapy sessions, he did slap a patient in the face because that patient sneezed in his direction.

When questioned about it, Boyce said the patient spat at him and then bragged about it to other patients, which he felt was a display of disrespect.

“Mr Boyce did not view his actions as an inappropriate response to the incident. Furthermore, he thought his actions were controlled compared to his likely response of shooting a person if he was not in the hospital,” Chase read.

The doctor added Boyce continued to express paranoid delusions and boasted of killing another inmate in the maximum security section of the prison. However, said Chase, that inmate was known to be alive and still in prison.

Chase recommended that Boyce continue occupational therapy sessions but under escort by a nurse.

Boyce will be reviewed on a six-week basis to determine if there is any progress.

When questioned by attorney Peta-Gay Lee-Brace, who was representing Boyce, the registrar said he was undergoing a type of behaviour modification and it would take time for some people to utilise some of those skills.

He said the incident was precipitated by Boyce’s delusions.

The Chief Justice adjourned the matter until December 14. (HLE)

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