Portsmouth man sentence hearing adjourned

first_imgLocalNews Portsmouth man sentence hearing adjourned by: – June 26, 2012 David St. Jean of PortsmouthA twenty-three year old man from Portsmouth who was found guilty of murder had his sentence hearing adjourned to July 2nd, 2012 when he appeared at the High Court on Monday.David St. Jean was found guilty of murdering Clement “Johnson” James of Good Hope by a nine member jury on May 23rd, 2012.Evidence from St. Jean during the trial indicates that he was walking on the Indian River Bridge about 3:30pm on Monday 20th September, 2010 when he observed Clement James on the opposite side of the bridge.He claimed that James was “staring” at him “in a sexual manner while holding his crotch”.St. Jean then crossed the bridge in an attempt to “warn” James, however James grabbed a stick which he had and lashed him with it on his back.A scuffle ensued, he took a knife which James had and “lashed him with it on his hand”.James died later that evening at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Roseau.Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks explained to St. Jean on Monday that she did not have sufficient time to peruse a pre-sentence report to be conducted by Welfare officials, due to a two week trial which ended on Friday, June 22. “The last trial took a toll on me and I want to be in a position to look at everything,” Justice Brooks stated.In related news, Clement Labassiere who has been charged with the murder of Ambrose LeBlanc of Vieille Case, had his trial adjourned to 17th July, 2012.Justice Brooks who ordered that a further psychiatric evaluation be conducted by Dr. Sharma as well as a social inquiry report, warned Labassiere to cooperate with his attorney.“I want you to understand something; this is a very serious offence, one of the most serious offences one can be charged with. You need to sit down and talk to your lawyer about what happened, not about everything else in the world, so he can come to this court and properly represent you”.She inquired from him whether he wishes to remain at the prison as if found guilty he could face a lifetime prison sentence and he replied; “I was trying to avoid all those troubles there my lady”.Labassiere is being represented by Darius Jones.Dominica Vibes News Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share 11 Views   no discussionslast_img

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