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Man gets 15 years

HEATHER-LYNN EVANSON, [email protected]

Man gets 15 years

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The court will not treat lightly the prevalence of firearm offences in this country.

So said Justice Jaqueline Cornelius as she sentenced manslayer Damien LeCoursey Reveira to 15 years in jail yesterday.

Reveira, of 4th Avenue, New Orleans, St Michael, was back in the No. 5 Supreme Court for sentencing, after he was convicted by a 12-member jury at an earlier session of the Continuous Sittings for the lesser count of unlawfully killing Anderson Ashby on October 9, 2010. The jury had found him not guilty of murder.

Justice Cornelius said: “I cannot overstate the infinite possibilities of the devastating consequences of one handling this intrinsically dangerous weapon.”

She added that Reveira had not helped the severely wounded Ashby as he lay on Belfield pasture, Black Rock, St Michael.

“In fact, you left the island afterwards for Canada. A young person’s life was lost and you showed no clear remorse.”

Justice Cornelius, however, said she had taken into consideration that Reveira had no previous convictions and had a low risk of re-offending.

Though he was sentenced to 15 years in prison, she ordered that the 2 454 days Reveira had spent on remand be taken into consideration.

The killer will therefore spend the remaining eight years and three months for the offence.

During the trial, the court had heard that Anderson Ashby’s brother, Christopher, wanted to purchase a gun and Christopher’s cousin, Derek Omar Springer, had made the arrangements.

The deal on Belfield pasture went haywire when someone asked: “What gine on here?”

Anderson Ashby ended up dead with a gunshot to the chest while Springer fled the scene before the shooting started.

Reveira later told police he had a .32-calibre gun with which he “stuck up” someone.

A struggle ensued and the gun fired. (HLE)