Sentence reduced for Jamaican in Bermuda jail
The Court of Appeal in Bermuda has reduced an excessive jail sentence on a Jamaican, who abducted a female expatriate worker from a bus stop and sexually assaulted her in May 2011.
The court has reduced the jail term from 16 to 14 years for Brittonie Taylor, a 31-year-old married father of three.
Taylor, a Bermuda resident, pleaded guilty to the daylight assault at a Supreme Court hearing in February 2012, thus avoiding the need for the case to go to trial.
He was then sentenced to 16 years in prison.
However, on Monday at a sitting of the Court of Appeal, defence lawyer Marc Daniels argued that the sentence was harsh and excessive.
After a period of deliberation behind closed doors, the three-member Court of Appeal, led by president Edmund Zacca, agreed with Daniels and said Taylor’s sentence should be reduced to 14 years.
Justice Zacca pointed out that although the crime was a serious case of sexual assault, it was not the most serious of offences.
At the initial hearing, Daniels had recommended a sentence of between nine and 13 years.
The lawyer said Taylor, who had admitted his wrongdoing and expressed genuine remorse, was also suffering from a bipolar condition and, according to reports, represented a low risk of reoffending.
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