A St George man, who took the life of an 81-year-old man, says he is “truly sorry” for the wrong he has done.
Anthony Ricardo Oneil Harewood, of Middleway Lane, Ellerton, issued the apology before Madam Justice Jacqueline Cornelius in the No.5 Supreme Court.
Harewood was charged with the murder of Winston Waterman, which occurred sometime between August 30 and 31, 2012.
However, he pleaded guilty to manslaughter in June of this year.
Based on the evidence presented in the High Court, Harewood was apparently in the habit of burglarizing the property, which belongs to Waterman’s son. But, on the night of the murder, he was surprised to find it occupied and to be confronted by the elderly man.
The accused later told police that Waterman came at him with a knife and that he had to fight to disarm him.
“My actions were not intentional. I ask the court to have leniency on me Ma’am,” Harewood told Justice Cornelius just before attorney Satcha Kissoon, in mitigating on his behalf, described the offence committed by his client as a “very unfortunate case.”
Kissoon argued that Harewood was extremely cooperative with police from the outset of the investigation into Waterman’s death and had entered a guilty plea at the earliest possible time. He also pointed to his client’s pre-sentencing report as proof that he was not a violent man by nature.
“He has no previous convictions . . . but has a problem of taking what is not his . . . and he had a history of going into that home,” the attorney said, while pointing out that Harewood had not entered the house with a weapon.
He also told the judge his client was remorseful for his action, while stressing that the crime was neither “intentional” nor “premeditated”.
“[It was an act] of self defence, but it went too far,” the attorney added.
Kissoon therefore urged the judge to consider the time already spent by his client on remand, as well as a sentence of between eight to ten years in jail.
However, Principal Crown Counsel Anthony Blackman strongly disagreed, arguing that the deceased was entitled to defend his son’s property and that was his reason for being there.
“This convicted man entered the house and having confronted the elderly deceased he exited the house through the same window, went home and slept. He didn’t even say, ‘let me make an anonymous call’ . . . to try and get medical attention for the deceased,” Blackman submitted, while pointing out that Waterman was stabbed “literally all over his body”.
He therefore submitted that at the very least Harewood should be sentenced to between ten to 14 year years in prison.
Following those submissions, Justice Cornelius adjourned the case without a date being given for sentencing.