Sentence reduction day a success; 40 plead guilty

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At least 40 accused people pleaded guilty to various offences as part of the Supreme Court's Sentence Reduction Day initiative currently underway.

In the Home Circuit Court, 14 persons pleaded guilty to offences ranging from murder, wounding with intent, manslaughter and sexual intercourse with a person under 16 years old.

Up to midday in the Gun Court, eight accused persons opted to plead guilty for various offences.

Among the accused who took advantage of Sentence Reduction Day is Omar Graham, who pleaded guilty to murder and three counts of wounding with intent.

Mr. Graham is a former employee of Moncrieffe's Patio Shop in St. Andrew, who is accused of going on a murderous rampage at the workplace in March this year.

Prosecutors indicated that Mr. Graham, who was fired by the operators of the company, returned there on March 24 and attacked employees with a blunt object.

During his rampage, Barbara Moncrieffe, co-owner of the establishment, was beaten to death. Three other employees were hospitalised with serious injuries.

Another accused, Phillip Brown, the man who beat his pregnant ex-girlfriend to death inside her Crystal Towers apartment in St. Andrew last December, also pleaded guilty to murder.

Lorna Williamson, the woman accused of stealing a newborn baby at the University Hospital of the West Indies last December, has also pleaded guilty.

Ms. Williamson wiped tears from her eyes as she entered her plea.

All three accused will be sentenced on December 15.

The programme is still underway in the Gun Court.

The initiative will be made available at the St. Catherine Circuit Court on Friday.

Sentence Reduction Day provides an opportunity for accused persons to enter a guilty plea and benefit from a maximum of up to 50 per cent reduction in their sentence.