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Killer’s appeal of sentence thrown out

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The Court of Appeal has thrown out the appeal of killer Damien LeCoursey Reveira who had contested his 15-year jail term.

It was in 2018 that Reveira, of 4th Avenue, New Orleans, St Michael, was convicted on the lesser count of unlawfully killing Anderson Ashby on October 9, 2010. The jury had found him not guilty of murder.

The sentence was imposed by Justice Jacqueline Cornelius, who ordered that the 2 454 days Reveira spent on remand be taken into consideration. As a result, he was ordered to serve the remaining eight years and three months.

However, Queen’s Counsel Michael Lashley appealed, saying the sentence was excessive. He argued 11 grounds.

Principal Crown Counsel Krystal Delaney and Senior Crown Counsel Olivia Davis appeared for the Crown.

Yesterday, President of the Court, Justice of Appeal Rajendra Narine, who presided with Justices of Appeal Francis Belle and Margaret Reifer, said the court had considered the grounds and submissions “in some detail and we were unable to find any merit in any of the grounds”.

The court then dismissed the appeal and affirmed the conviction and sentence.

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

The deal on Belfield pasture, however, 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)

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