| March 11, 2002|
| Patrick Reyes, Appellant v The Queen, Respondent|
 UKPC 11,  2 AC 235,  2 WLR 1034
Court of Appeal of Belize
Judicial Committee of the Privy Council
Reyes v R Wikipedia
Reyes v R is a 2002 Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) case in which it was held that it was unconstitutional in Belize for capital punishment to be the mandatory sentence for murder. The JCPC held that because the Constitution of Belize prohibits "inhuman or degrading punishment", following a murder conviction, a trial judge must have discretion to impose a lesser penalty than death by hanging; capital punishment may be applied only in those cases that contain aggravating factors as compared to other murder cases.
The case was decided with R v Hughes and Fox v R, cases on the same issue on appeal from Saint Lucia and Saint Kitts and Nevis.