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Man who killed JC student Nicholas Francis pleads guilty

Published:Thursday | May 9, 2019 | 2:37 PM

Quacie Hart, the man who stabbed a 14-year-old Jamaica College (JC) student to death nearly three years ago, has been convicted of murder.

Hart pleaded guilty before the start of his murder trial in the Home Circuit in downtown Kingston yesterday.

He is to be sentenced on July 5 by presiding judge Lorna Shelly Williams.

Third form student Nicholas Francis died at hospital minutes after Hart plunged a knife into his chest during an altercation on a minibus on October 26, 2016.

The killing triggered national outrage and three days later Hart surrendered to police investigators.

However, according to evidence which prosecutors Keisha Prince and Atiba Dyer were prepared to rely on, Hart defiantly refused to cooperate with detectives.

“Me a bad bwoy, me nah tell you nutten,” one investigator quoted him as saying after he was formally charged with murder and cautioned.

HOW THE EVENTS UNFOLDED

Prosecutors, in their account of the killing, said Francis and Hart were seated beside each other on the minibus that was heading towards Half Way Tree when the teenager blurted out “talk to him nuh.”

It was later observed that the convicted killer was holding onto Francis’ wristwatch and the teen was trying to flash him off.

A fist fight reportedly broke out, but the two were quickly separated by one of two conductors who gave Francis a seat to the rear of the minibus.

Prosecutors say when the vehicle got to another bus stop, located metres from JC, Hart took Francis’ knapsack and tossed it out the door.

It’s reported that another JC student, who was about to get on the bus, picked up the book bag.

However, prosecutors say Hart stopped him, asking ‘how you so nuff, a fi yuh bag’.

When another passenger intervened and took up the book bag, Hart again grabbed the knapsack and threw it to the ground.

According to prosecutors, this triggered a second fist fight.

Francis was stabbed on the hand and in the chest as the conductor tried to separate them.

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