Describing the events which led to the death of Christopher Nedd almost six years ago as fortuitous, the attorney for convicted manslayer Ricardo Stephenson said today she did not believe he should serve more than seven years behind bars.
Stephenson was originally charged with murdering Nedd in Haynesville, St James on October 22, 2012. However, he had pleaded not guilty to the capital offence, but guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter.
According to the evidence, on that day Stephenson had gone to Nedd’s house to ask him for 25 cents, but the now deceased man reacted by calling him a pu***hole and poking him in the back of the head.
The accused retaliated by holding onto Nedd and stabbing him in the neck.
As she made her submissions before Justice Jacqueline Cornelius in Court No.5 of the Supreme Court today, attorney-at-law Rita Evans insisted that her client had expressed great remorse and had not wasted the court’s time.
She said Stephenson had no prior convictions and was only 19 years old at the time of the incident.
“I believe that a sentence of less than seven years would be appropriate. The act was not pre-meditated, the killing was fortuitous and an unplanned event and he has expressed genuine remorse for the incident.
“There is still time for him to be redeemed and become a productive member of society,” Evans added, as she asked the court to show the highest degree of leniency possible.
It was revealed by a prison officer that Stephenson had so far spent 2024 days on remand at HMP Dodds.
The matter was adjourned until Monday, when Acting Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Anthony Blackman is to make his submissions.