24-year-old Sanko, Boca resident, Phillip ‘Lion’ Baptiste will spend the next 13 years and 8 months of his life at the Richmond Hill Prison for causing the death of his 55-year-old uncle Glen ‘Brass’ Baptiste on March 19, 2017.
The sentence was handed down on Wednesday by Guyanese-born High Court Judge, Justice Paula Gilford at the St. George’s No.2 High Court on The Carenage.
As part of his sentence, the convicted man was ordered to undergo counseling for alcohol use and do courses in English and Mathematics at the CXC level throughout his incarceration.
Baptiste who had entered a not guilty plea to the offence of Non-Capital Murder was convicted of the crime by a 9-member jury in November.
According to the evidence presented to the court during the 6-day trial, on the day of the killing, the convicted man was constantly being provoked by his uncle, which led to him boxing the deceased several times and then hitting him again in the face with a Campari bottle.
The court was told that the blow with the bottle resulted in “Brass” falling to the ground and hitting the back of his head on the last treader of a step inside of the small village shop, where they were both hanging out enjoying alcoholic beverages.
The uncle was pronounced dead at about 8.30 p.m. the same evening by a medical doctor.
The autopsy report done by a pathologist opined that two (2) blows to the head caused a movement of the brain within the skull that led to injury of the brain and internal bleeding.
After considering the circumstances of the case, Justice Gilford decided to exercise mercy and agreed to impose a light sentence to allow for the convicted man to be reintegrated into society.
Not pleased with the 13-year sentence imposed on Baptiste by the Court, the State Prosecution team, which was led by Crown Counsel Brendon La Touché indicated to the high court judge that the rather light sentence will be appealed.