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MoBay kidnappers sentenced

PAUL A REID Observer Writer

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 | 2:35 PM    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James - Jonathon Mitchell, the mastermind behind last year’s kidnapping of a three-year-old child from a Prep school in Montego Bay was earlier today sentenced in the St James Circuit Court to six years at hard labour.

The sentence is just below the seven-year maximum.

The 24-year-old Mitchell, who worked with the child’s father, and two other men were sentenced after entering pleas of guilty on September 24th to a reduced charge of child stealing, contrary to section 69 of the offense against the Person Act.

Mitchell, Trevon Tomlinson who was the driver of the getaway car and a third man who was a juvenile when the act was carried out were all charged with kidnapping, conspiracy to kidnap and conspiracy to obtain money by fraud.

Tomlinson was sentenced to two years at hard labour while the other man who is now 18 years old was given a three-year probabtion order.

A fourth person, an American citizen Jenice Regisford, who has maintained her innocence, will be tried later this year starting December 4.

Justice Martin Gayle who handed down sentence told the court he was in agreement with the father of the child that a strong message must be sent to be a deterrent to others who would try the same thing.

The child was taken from his school on May 2,, 2011 and transported to a house in Clarendon.

However quick action by the police led to the arrest of the four and the safe retrieval of the child who was returned to his parents.

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