A 31 year old fisherman from Cherry Hill, St. George has been sentenced to 17 years and 11 months for Non-Capital Murder in connection with the August 1, 2017 death of 45-year-old Judith Joseph of Grand Anse.
Kevon Bascombe was sentenced on Monday by Justice Paula Gilford at the No. 2 High Court on the Carenage in St. George’s.
The fatal incident stemmed from an argument that ensued between the convicted man and another individual, who had allowed the deceased to have access to the Locker room at the Melville Street Fish Market.
According to the evidence presented in court, Bascombe felt that it was against the rules of the Fish Market for the woman to be allowed to “stay and keep her clothes there” and took up the issue with the individual on the day he fatally stabbed the woman.
Joseph met her unfortunate death after receiving a single stab wound to her back, which punctured her left lung.
She succumbed to her injuries at the General Hospital in St. George’s.
The convicted man, who has no prior convictions, was represented by Attorney-at-law, Ashley Bernardine who was asked by the court to represent the suspect.
Bascombe stood calmly in the prisoner’s dock, with his hands behind his back as the sentence was handed down on him by the female high court judge.
Among the aggravating factors considered by the court was the seriousness of the offence, the nature of Joseph’s death and the fact that the action of the convicted man was premeditated.
The court also noted that the convicted man had told police investigators that “she (the deceased woman) look for what she get” and maintained that “she was the cause” of the argument that ensued between himself and the other individual.
Joseph left behind 5 young children, who the court was told are now in the care of their aging grandmother.
The accused was facing a maximum penalty of life imprisonment for the offence of Non-Capital Murder but was discounted for his early guilty plea and the fact that he had no prior convictions.