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St Andrew man convicted for manslaughter in businessman's killing

Published:Thursday | May 12, 2016 | 3:12 PM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer 

A St Andrew man who used a metal pipe to kill a businessman during a home burglary in 2010 was today convicted of manslaughter.

Garfield Roper was on trial for murder, but was found guilty of the lesser charge by a seven-member jury in the Home Circuit Court.

Roper will be sentenced on June 17.

Prosecutors Maxine Jackson and Angela Muir led evidence that Roper broke into the Upper St Andrew home of businessman Raymond Wong Chew-Onn on September 24, 2010.

According to the evidence, Roper became irritated that Chew-Onn, who was sitting in his living room half-asleep, would not retire to bed.

Prosecutors say Roper went outside for a piece of metal pipe and used it to hit the businessman twice over his head before escaping with two BlackBerry cellphones and a laptop.

During the trial, the court heard evidence that Roper sold the items to a phone repairman for $35,000.