Sentence Reduction Day: Groundsman pleads guilty to murdering Moncrieffe's Patio Shop boss

Thursday, October 19, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The groundsman accused of murdering his 76-year-old boss, pleaded guilty to the charge today in a bid to obtain up to 50 per cent reduction in his sentence as part of 'Sentence Reduction Day'.

The accused, 26-year-old Omar Graham otherwise called 'Brown man', was arrested and charged with the murder of Barbara Moncrieffe, co-owner of Moncrieffe's Patio Shop on Old Hope Road in Kingston; and three counts of wounding with intent in March.

It was reported that an argument developed between him and Moncrieffe, where he used an iron and a sharp object to inflict several wounds to Moncrieffe and her husband as well as two other employees.

All four were taken to hospital where Moncrieffe was pronounced dead and her husband and two employees admitted in stable condition.

The Sentence Reduction Day initiative provides an opportunity for accused individuals to enter a guilty plea and benefit from a maximum of up to 50 per cent reduction in their sentence, according to the provisions of the Criminal Justice Administration Amendment Act, 2015.

The programme will also be available tomorrow at the St Catherine Circuit Court.

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