A judge serving in Bermuda has been criticised by the British Court of Appeals for saying that all the sex mentioned in the case he was hearing was making him ‘horny’.

Judge Carlisle Greaves, who served as a junior judge in the British Overseas territory until last month, made the comments as a witness in his murder case gave crucial evidence, which lead to Khyri Smith-Williams being convicted of slaying Colford Ferguson in Februarry 2011.

In response to the judge’s remarks, Smith-Williams’ lawyer Jerome Lynch demanded a retrial, claiming that the judge had behaved inappropriately and taking the case to the Court of Appeal.

Bermuda is located eastwards of the USA, in the Atlantic Ocean

The appealed case was eventually rejected, but Appeal judge 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.’   

Smith-Williams was sentenced to at least 35 years in prison last October, after being found guilty by majority verdict.