A thirty-two year-old fisherman from the village of Cherry Hill in St Georges will spend the next seventeen years of his life behind the walls of the Richmond Hill prison.
This after he accepted full responsibility for the August 2017 stabbing inside the St George’s Fish Market that resulted in the death of a fish vendor.
High Court Judge Justice Paula Gilford presiding at #2 Supreme Court had the sentence handed down on the convicted man Kevon Boscombe during a sentencing hearing on Monday.
Bascombe who was represented in court by defense lawyer Ashley Bernadine, was slapped with a charge of non-capital murder following the death of well–known St George’s Fish Market vendor Judith Joseph. Joseph died after sustaining a number of stab wounds to the upper part of her chest.
According to information coming from the court, Joseph’s death was one of revenge for her boyfriend David Dominique who earlier that day was involved in a fight with Bascombe.
According to the information, during that fight Bascombe some injuries at the hands of Dominique who then fled the scene. Unable to catch up with Dominique after giving chase, the evidence said Bascombe returned to the market and having met Joseph accused her of being the one responsible for him getting stabbed and proceeded to inflict a number of stabs to her upper body. The evidence went on to say she was seen running out of the fish market in blood, she later collapsed and was pronounced dead on arrival at the General Hospital.
During the sentencing hearing on Monday defense lawyer Bernadine described the incident as unfortunate wherein someone lost their life but asked for leniency from the court in the dispensing of justice since his client who now has a chance to look back at what had transpired is extremely remorseful and blames his frequent use of alcohol for his behavior at the fish market.
Nevertheless, in delivering her judgment Justice Gilford reminded Bascombe that alcohol consumption is not a defense. She further dubbed Bascombe’s action as premeditated and reprehensible and noted that the sentence handed out must reflect such, in addition to acting as a deterrent to potential offenders.
Boscombe who initially faced a maximum life in prison was sentenced to seventeen years.