Closure is being brought to the double beheading case of two men from St. Andrew’s.
Steve Gurrie who was charged with the double murder of Clyde Greenidge, a Farmer/Proprietor of Birchgrove, St. Andrew’s, and Christopher Stafford, a Labourer of Byeland’s, St. Andrew’s pleaded guilty to both counts of murder last week Wednesday at the Number One High Court.
A high court judge will sentence Gurrie on November 25 for the incident which took place on May 3, 2010 at Birchgrove.
Defense Counsel Ruggles Ferguson told reporters as gruesome as the details of the case appears, it is rather interesting.
Ferguson said it appears that something terribly went wrong on that fateful day of the incident and not even Gurrie who is remorseful over the incident is aware of what went wrong.
“These are not events that he (Gurrie) is proud of, these are events he deeply regrets and is grappling with what would have transpired,” he remarked.
The defense attorney told reporters that even the medical evidence supports the theory that something just went wrong at the material time.
Hours before the beheading of both men, Gurrie was in their company eating and drinking with them.
The convicted man placed both heads in a bucket and carried them to the Grenville Police Station in St. Andrew’s where he deposited them on the counter in front of the station’s Diarist.
Gurrie was examined at the time of the incident by a psychiatrist and subsequently examined again by another psychiatrist and a psychotherapist, both of whom are from abroad.
The defense will be calling a number of character witnesses during the sentencing.
Ferguson is using this case to advocate for changes to take effect in the local laws to afford for diminish responsibility.
At present the laws do not make provisions for diminish responsibility which refers to a state of abnormality of the mind at the material time of the commission of an offense.
The Defense Counsel believes that had there been diminish responsibility on the Statute Books there would have been the opportunity of a possible manslaughter charge slapped on Gurrie.
Ferguson spoke of his client not ever having any medical or psychiatric problems prior to the crime.