Moments after he was sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing a man and his son-in-law, Deon DaCosta Maynard signaled his intention to appeal.
The sentence was handed down today by Madam Justice Jacqueline Cornelius in the No. 5 Supreme Court.
Back in February this year, a 12-member jury found Maynard, 41, guilty of manslaughter in the August 2, 2011 deaths of Arthur Frederick Chaderton and his son-in-law Gerhard Stock.
Both men were fatally shot at Chaderton’s Salters, St George home. Stock and his family were vacationing in Barbados at the time.
Another man, Charles Matthew Frederick, was convicted in 2012 for the murder as well.
In handing down her sentence, Justice Cornelius told Maynard that while the court believed that he did not have a specific intent to kill or cause serious bodily harm to the deceased men, it was “satisfied that the joint enterprise was . . . both planned and premeditated.”
The judge noted that Maynard drove a car to the scene and along with his accomplice who was armed with a firearm, unlawfully entered the house with “the shared intention of committing robbery”.
“Notwithstanding that you were not armed with the firearm, nor were you the person who fatality shot [the deceased], you are equally as culpable for the death of these individuals,” she ruled.
Justice Cornelius added that Maynard entered a house occupied by young children and elderly late in the evening and showed “absolutely no compassion or concern for their extremely vulnerable state”.
She also noted that while it was Maynard’s right to maintain his innocence, he continued to do so even after he was found guilty of manslaughter.
“By your refusal to accept responsibility for your actions, you forced the victims to recount this traumatic [event] . . . . Double manslaughter in the presence of four children . . . undoubtedly . . . they are scarred for life by this experience.”
Maynard, who represented himself in the trial, was then sentenced to 30 years on each count of manslaughter, to run concurrently.
He has already served 1,857 days – five years and 97 days – on remand. As such, he now has 24 years and 255 days more behind bars.
Principal Crown Counsel Anthony Blackman prosecuted the case.