The level of violence used by manslayer Anthony Ricardo O’neal Harewood in the stabbing death of an 81-year-old man back in 2012 was “extraordinary and far beyond what could have been expected”.
That was the ruling of Madam Justice Jacqueline Cornelius as she sentenced Harewood, of Middle Way Lane, Ellerton, St George, to 14 years in prison.
According to Acting Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Anthony Blackman, the deceased, Winston Waterman, was house sitting for his son when he lost his life sometime between August 30 and 31, 2012.
And, in handing down the sentence in the Supreme Court today, Justice Cornelius told Harewood, who was represented by attorney Satcha Kissoon, that he had no right in the man’s house and as such the aggravating factors far outweighed the mitigating factors.
She explained that not only did Harewood use the victim’s knife, but that the amount of force used was also excessive with Waterman sustaining 33 stabs wounds about the body.
“You had a criminal intent from inception . . . in that you entered someone’s house with intent to burglarize. In fact after you stabbed the deceased, you left the house with the items that you had stolen, you rendered no assistance to the deceased, . . . [and] after the attack . . . you washed off your hands, . . . went home and slept, seemingly having a very cavalier attitude,” the judge stated as she rejected the submission made by the defence that Harewood was defending himself.
Having spent five years and six months on remand, Harewood only has eight years and four months, left to serve of his 14-year sentence.
He was also ordered to enroll in drug counseling and any educational programmes offered at the St Philip penal institution.