For fatally stabbing a man three years ago, Ravier Ishmael Straker has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Madam Justice Jacqueline Cornelius handed down the punishment in the No 5 Supreme Court yesterday.
Straker, of Phillips Road, Lightfoot Lane, St Michael, had pleaded guilty in December 2015 to manslaughter, admitting to delivering the fatal stab wounds to 40-year-old John Baptiste while he was at a bar on Nelson Street, The City on May 31, 2013.
In reviewing the evidence in the case before imposing her sentence, the judge described Straker’s previous criminal career as both “versatile and wide ranging.”
He has four previous convictions, including one for inflicting serious bodily harm in May 2008 and another for possession of an unlicensed firearm in September 2010, as well as burglary.
A pre-sentencing report on Straker, who was 24 years at the time of the offence, indicated he was at high risk of re-offending.
It is alleged that Straker and Baptiste had a longstanding feud.
“The deceased, the Crown accepts, threatened you and punched you . . . . It was at this point that you wrestled with the deceased and that you made three wild stabs at the him, thus the offence was spontaneous,” Justice Cornelius said.
She said a 15-year sentence was suitable in this case, taking into account Straker’s early guilty plea and the aggravating circumstances of the case.
Having spent a total of 1,211 days – three years and 32 days on remand – Straker will now serve an additional 11 years and 333 days at HMP Dodds.
He was represented in the matter by attorney-at-law Roy Hurley.