A Grenadian family is in disbelief after their daughter’s killer was released from prison after only serving eight years of a 67-year sentence, Meawww reports.
Alexander Clack, a former prison officer, was arrested in 2014 for the killing of his wife, Nixiann Downes-Clack, in Grenada, according to The Independent.
Downes-Clack informed her husband that she found out he was having an affair with their 17-year-old babysitter and threatened to leave the now 40-year-old.
After the threats, Clack strangled his wife on their fourth wedding anniversary in June 2014.
According to Meaww, Clack put his deceased wife’s body in a suitcase and buried it in a small grave, which police found days later.
In 2016, Clack was finally sentenced to life in prison with a fixed term of 67.5 years, according to the Daily Mail.
But due to the recent mysterious disappearance of a Supreme Court Registry computer, Clack no longer has to serve the rest of his sentence.
He was freed on Sept. 20 by the Court of Appeals because the case couldn’t proceed without transcript documents.
“From all indications, the computer on which the recording would have been typed … cannot be found at this time, and that will contain the critical parts of the proceedings,” said Sen. Claudette Joseph, the attorney general and minister for legal affairs, according to The New Today.
Anselm Clouden, Clack’s attorney, also weighed in.
“As a consequence, it (the breakdown in the judiciary) seriously impacts and infringes an accused person’s right to a fair trial and a hearing,” Clouden said, The New Today reports.
Nixiann Downes-Clack’s aunt recently spoke with The Sun about the injustice of the new judgment.
“I’m horrified. … How could they release someone on such a flimsy technicality when he is guilty of such evil and clearly a danger to women. … Now he’s got away with murder and is heading this way,” Kim Szmyglewska said, according to The Sun.
Clouden shared that his client is “overjoyed” to return home, The Sun reports.