Tremaine Raheem Barrow was allowed to go home in time for Christmas after spending two years and six months on remand at Dodds for “accidentally” killing his friend two years ago.
Madam Justice Jacqueline Cornelius sentenced the now 23-year-old Blenham Road, Ellerton, St George resident to time served for the June 11, 2014 shooting death of Shamar Ifill.
Before handing down her ruling the judge recounted the facts presented by Principal Crown Counsel Anthony Blackman.
Justice Cornelius said that on June 10, 2014, Barrow was at a football game when a friend asked him to hold a gun so he could go to the shop. Barrow placed the gun in the waist of his pants and decided to show the firearm to another friend.
It was while he was attempting to remove the firearm that had become entangled in his shirt that it went off and struck Ifill, who died the following day at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Barrow surrendered to police but the gun was never recovered.
There was “no hostility or malice or evidence of an intention to kill or cause serious bodily harm”, on Barrow’s part, the judge recalled the prosecutor saying.
Barrow, who was 21 years old at the time of the tragic incident, pleaded guilty to manslaughter back in May this year.
“[You stated] that you and the victim were very good friends and you often reminisced on past times shared together. You apologized to the court and said you had to live with the consequences of your actions,” the judge told the young man.
Cornelius said the primary aggravating factor in the offence was that a young life had been lost due to Barrows “irresponsible and negligent actions”.
The mitigating factors, she also explained, were numerous in that Barrow had not only admitted to the offence at the earliest time but had expressed “genuine remorse”.
The prosecutor had recommended time served on remand as punishment, she added.
“Stay on the straight and narrow path,” Cornelius advised Barrow who was represented by Andrew Pilgrim, QC, as she presented her ruling.