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Children killer gets 45 years

Published:Saturday | March 31, 2012 | 12:00 AM

JEFFREY PERRY, the 37-year-old security guard who was convicted in 2008 for the 2005 murders of three children in Killancholly, St Mary, was sentenced to life imprisonment on all counts.

He will not be eligible for parole until he has served 45 years. Earlier this week, the Court of Appeal had set aside the death sentence of Perry.

"Not unreasonable," was the response from his lawyer, Ravil Golding, in relation to the sentence.

Perry did not appeal against his convictions. Golding argued that the three children he killed were his cousins and there was no reason given for the unprovoked deadly attack on them.

the right decision

He said based on the evidence, the jury came to the right decision in convicting Perry.

Perry was found guilty of murdering his cousins 13-year-old Sue Ann Gordon, 15-year-old Dwane Davidson and four-year-old Shadice Williams. The children were stabbed and their throats slashed between January 27 and January 28, 2005, at their home in Killancholly. Perry told the police that voices told him to kill the children.

Golding argued that the death penalty should not have been imposed because Perry's case did not fall in the category of the "worst of the worst" or the "rarest of the rare".

- Barbara Gayle