Man Gets LIFE For The Murder of 11-Y-O Boy; 26 Years Before Parole

Kayode Garwood, the Manchester man convicted of the 2011 murder of his ex-girlfriend’s eleven-year-old brother, has been sentenced to life in prison and must serve at least 26 years before he becomes eligible for parole.

According to a Jamaica Gleaner report, Justice Chester Stamp this afternoon handed down the sentence in the Manchester Circuit Court.

Garwood, 28, showed no emotions as Stamp committed him to prison for fatally slashing the throat of Tareek Gregory in Harmons district.

Stamp said there were no words to describe the "unspeakably awful" murder that took place. 

He referred to Garwood's act as callous, cold and pitiless and added that there was nothing in the social enquiry report that would even help to explain the reason for such an act.

"You cut his throat and he was blowing and struggling and you went at it again. You covered his face with a plastic bag and when he tore it off you stabbed him and then hit him in the head with a baton... You showed no mercy!" Stamp said.

Stamp said he could not accept the fact that Garwood was urged by Tareek's sister, Denisha Gregory.

In 2014, she pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to four years in prison.

Commentators have claimed that the sentence was too light.

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn has said her office would have recommended a longer sentence for Ms Gregory if the law had allowed for her to do so.

In court today, Garwood's lawyer Norman Godfrey said the DPP's utterance may very well taint his client's sentencing and he was very disappointed by it.

But Stamp said the sentence had to be reflective of the wickedness of the crime.

"You must have a long time to think about what you have done," Stamp told Garwood.

He said he took into account the fact that Garwood was incarcerated for the past six years and had no previous convictions.

Meanwhile, Garwood's mother and other relatives had to be consoled outside the court as he was being taken away by police.