Dying penalty eliminated, October 20 sentencing for Cocoa Piece killer Rushane Barnett


In Jamaica, the sentencing of Cocoa Piece mass assassin Rushane Barnett has been set for October 20 within the Dwelling Circuit Courtroom, following the elimination of his demise penalty by Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn.

Justice Leighton Pusey, the presiding decide, stated he wants time to contemplate the sentence that can be imposed.

Barnett has been additional remanded.

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The DPP’s workplace had served discover that it might search the demise penalty throughout Barnett’s first courtroom look, for the homicide of his cousin Kemesha Wright, and her 4 children- Kimanda Smith, 15, Sharalee Smith, 12, Rafaella Smith, 5, and 23-month-old Kishawn Henry Jr.

On June 21, the victims had been found with chop wounds and slashed throats inside their residence in Cocoa Piece, Clarendon.

On the sentencing listening to earlier, Llewellyn argued that Barnett ought to get life in jail and serve 55 years earlier than being eligible for parole.

She defined: “The Crown is obliged to take away the demise penalty as an possibility.”

“It is a matter of legislation. Everybody who pleads responsible is entitled to some quantity of credit score,” she added.

Llewellyn proposed that the presiding decide, Justice Leighton Pusey, transcend the usual sentence vary of 15 years to life in jail.

She acknowledged that Barnett’s sentence ought to start with life in jail for every depend of homicide and never be eligible for parole till after serving 60 years and 9 months.

The DPP additional stated the crime is among the worst her workplace has seen in Jamaica.

In response, Barnett’s lawyer, Tamika Harris, requested that the decide give him a 33 1/3 per cent low cost on the sentence.

“He has saved the courtroom’s time and sources,” Harris stated, including that Rushane Barnett’s responsible plea reveals signal of regret.

 

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